Designer Children Part I

Could you imagine looking through a catalog of eye colors, hair color, body shape and type, muscle size, height, weight, and other character qualities, physical characteristics, or immunity to diseases, just as if you were shopping for an engagement ring, with all different styles and sizes?

My Sports Ethics course has really open my eyes to the notion of “designer children” and this idea’s infinite implications.  The idea is essentially to choose what your child will look like, how much hypertrophy they may acquire, eye-hand coordination, good looking features, and so on.  Now, understand, this topic was under and associated with performance enhancing drugs, for example, anabolic steroids and their use among athletes in sports.

In retrospect, designing our children would be a performance enhancement, beyond the luck of children being born by two athletic parents or physically blessed people.  Do we or should we allow such a practice to even take place?  Can we be ok with playing God, all for the advancement of superior physical/athletic abilities?  If we love exercise, fitness, bodybuilding, do we want to give our children a “step above” everyone else to advantage them to be a fitness model/bodybuilder?  Or is it ok to alter the genetic code for health purposes, to diminish or prevent cancer or other diseases?

What do you think?


About jthealthyfit I am passionate about health/wellness, nutrition, sports and most importantly, my relationship with God. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. I am a corporate wellness coordinator and personal trainer in Columbus, OH. Please email me for personal training rates at I'm excited to be working with you, God Bless! View all posts by jthealthyfit

2 responses to “Designer Children Part I

  • lolitawalters

    The whole idea sounds pretty creepy and unnatural. I definitely wouldn’t agree with doing that. Notions of babies and children, and indeed wanting to have them, should be free from the superficial structures of society rather than a projection of them.

    • jthealthyfit

      Thank you for commenting! Yes, that’s a very good point because it’s very hard to not be consumed and controlled by our society. Question: so you wouldn’t be for eliminating a cancer gene that runs in one’s family?

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