The Awful Truth About Kids & Obesity

The Awful Truth About Kids & ObesityThere is an ongoing argument these days on the Obesity Factor in Kids. "Whose fault is it?" "The parents? The kids?"

The answer might be, "Neither". The answer might be, "Our educational system." There are so many things in the world to learn about - from math to science, but math, science and reading do not affect the longevity of man. Eating does. Nutrition does. Exercise does.

We may be able to tally up the most complex of math problems, but we don't even know where to begin when we are dealing with the food in front of us that we must eat each day to survive. What good is it during those years when life is cut short?

Solutions to the Kids & Obesity Problem
  • Kids sit a lot these days - about 6 hours and sometimes more at school yet when Kids Obesity is addressed, it's almost always put on the Parent's back. Video games and television are blamed.

  • Activity periods should be a HUGE part of the daily grind NOT only at home, but also at school. Activity periods should be instituted two times per day - an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Kids should be allowed to choose what activity they would like to do - whether it's just enjoying the outdoors, or shooting hoops.

  • It is only normal for the body to begin winding down at the end of the day. This is just one more reason why our kids should be allowed opportunities at school to move around more.

  • Another contributor to Kid's Obesity is teachers who assign homework. Many times, kids have four or more teachers, and each may assign homework which requires a half hour or more to complete. They say it's to teach kids responsibility - yet homework not only eats into Family Time, it eats into Activity & Relaxation Time. There aren't many adults who bring home work after hours.

  • To add even more 'weight' to the Kids & Obesity issue, most school cafeterias would make a grown nutritionist cry, yet soda and candy machines are yanked out and tagged 'the Fat Predator'. Kids should be taught that soda and candy can be a part of a healthy diet AND healthy, TASTY foods should be a part of a kid's school day.

  • Last but not least, when our kids are involved in fund-raisers, why are candies and cookies sold as fund-raisers?


  1. Blaming the educational system for fat kids? Is this for real? Are parents responsible for anything these day? This is just so wrong on so many levels I don't have enough time to go into it.

  2. There is just so much wrong with our educational systems and the previous comment. On so many level I don't have enough time to go into it.