Morbidly obese individuals aren't allowed to adopt babies in China. Should we adopt this policy

July 29, 2015, 9:45 pm

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The debate "Morbidly obese individuals aren't allowed to adopt babies in China. Should we adopt this policy" was started by mikec on July 29, 2015, 9:45 pm. 17 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 13 people are on the disagree side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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mikec, UltraBoston, dgw23, wayneSPEC, Tristanzee, ayesha97, WaspToxin, StarSoul, cancer_wins and 8 visitors agree.
historybuff, PsychDave, sloanstar1000, Sumerian, theQueenofdebate, Varie28, PandaKidd and 6 visitors disagree.

while debating it initially my point was that they can't give physical attention to a child and babies need it.But this is also true that they can overcome this barrier by hiring a caretaker.

In China this policy was adopted in response to decreasing birth rate in China. So they decided that only most deserving parent adopt child.

and point behind not giving child to them is that they are more prone to risk of health problems and death.I found this point valid cause its matter of child's future.

So they decided to allow them to adopt once they improve their BMI.
So,in this way policy is motivating person to improve their BMI, health and saving their life.

4 years, 2 months ago

I disagree. Obese people can capably carry motherly tasks and it's a shame for us underestimate their capabilities. In fact, even a healthy average caretaker can't quitely perform her tasks well. Well, it greatly depends on a person, we're not on their shoes though and we don't know everyone of them. All of us have their own strengths and capabilities no matter what we are so we can't just say that they aren't capable. :)

4 years, 2 months ago

Reading all the arguments below I want to clarify you that what morbidly obese means a person having 35 to 40 BMI.They can't move easily moreover as a consequence of their weight they have difficulty in their joints.
and here we are talking about babies not child.A child lying in age range of birth to four is considered baby.
In such age range baby need physical attention.Let us assume a scenario where a baby is in danger of being get electrocuted.Morbidly obese person having physical barrier will be unable to help.
Babies need special attention and tender care.

I don't think morbidly obese person shouldn't adopt child.They should be allowed to adopt child of higher ages when a child don't need much physical attention. But for babies overall attention is required.

4 years, 2 months ago

I suppose it also depends on your definition of morbidly obese. If they are so fat they are physically incapable of caring for a baby, like the people who can't get out of bed, then I'd say they have no business caring for a baby.

4 years, 2 months ago

I disagree wholely, why shouldn't morbidly obese people adopt children? Fat parents are better than no parents, assuming they're adopting for the right reasons. Thousands of children go unadopted every year in America.

I think we should be focused more on drug addicts and felons rather than people with too many chins.

I do however think that actually having children should be discouraged, that's why children need to be adopted in the first place.

4 years, 2 months ago

If you decide that obese people can't adopt how about the handicapped? Or people with low IQ? once you start deciding who can and can't do things based on physical characteristics that don't necessarily preclude them its a slippery slope.

4 years, 2 months ago

sort of backwards to think
except the idea of having an inablity to directly care for the child it's like saying since I have PTSD I shouldn't be allowed a child
my issues don't consume my ablity to advance in a category not directly pertaining to my issues.
if you know what I mean

4 years, 2 months ago

Any child from birth to four are defined as baby. In these age child needs physical as well as mental attention.A morbidly obese peson can't give proper attention to them due to physical barriers.
moreover morbid obesity leads to poor health and mental condition.person is more likely to suffer respiratory problems, diabtese, heart problem,blood pressure,depression.So it may become difficult for the person to handle a baby.
it may add many risk to child also.
I think it is a very rational policy.
But I think adoption of child of higher ages should be allowed.When a child become mentally sound and become capable enough to take care of himself/herself.I think although morbid obese person can't handle and take care of child physically but can support mentally as well as emotionally.They are capable of giving parental love to child.

4 years, 2 months ago
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