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Hello philosophers, I'm finding it very difficult to understand the way modern society uses the word abuse .
Recently I read about a case where a child was malnourished through being half starved , it was rightly described as child abuse , why then are the countless cases of childhood obesity never described this way ?
If it can be shown that a child's obesity is caused by overeating is it not surely as bad as half starving a child , and therefore should be termed child abuse ?

Response from Allen Stairs on April 17, 2014
I don't think so. Here's why

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