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Lawmakers in Puerto Rico mull obesity fines

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A controversial piece of legislation is being considered in Puerto Rico A controversial piece of legislation is being considered in Puerto Rico
PUERTO RICO - There is a controversial piece of legislation being considered in Puerto Rico aimed at fighting child obesity. Lawmakers there have proposed a plan that would make parents of obese children pay a hefty fine.

Under the proposed law, students considered obese would be identified by education officials and then assigned a case worker who would lay out a diet and exercise program with the help of the student's parents.

If kids don't lose weight after six months, their parents could face fines from $500 to $800.

The child obesity rate is 10 percent higher in Puerto Rico than compared to the U.S. mainland. Both doctors and lawmakers agree something has to be done, but is this the right way to do it?

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