Debb - posted on 12/08/2011 ( 155 moms have responded )
I had to write an essay on this at the beginning of the semester and I compared and contrasted opinion articles that I found in the newspaper. I am interested to hear about your take on it and your experiences in your own areas.
Childhood obesity is a big deal in the U.S., the percentages of overweight children are increasing rapidly and there seems to be a standstill regarding how to deal with it.
One opinion article stated that childhood obesity is child abuse and children should be removed from their homes, just as if they were being physically or sexually abused.
Most other articles blamed sedentary lifestyles. Video games, television and working parents with no time to coordinate physical after school activities.
Some articles blamed genetics, overweight parents having overweight children and there being little that can be done about it.
Last but not least, public schools were blamed for nutritionally deficient school lunches and soda vending machines in every common area.
So, in your opinion, why is it getting so much worse and what can be done? I'm interested to hear everyone's opinion!