A federal report published in 2014 stated that the obesity rates for 2 to 5-year-children have dropped, yet obesity is still a problem. Overweight children are more likely to be overweight as adults. Intervention must start while they are still young.
Many schools removed sugary foods and drinks from their lunch menus. One health response promotes placing an excise tax on sugary drinks. Food companies are providing healthier menu choices, with McDonald’s being the most recent to make changes. These are steps in the right direction. There is something that is more important and that is education.
The primary solution to the obesity problems lies with the parent. Parents must be educated in the selection and preparation of healthy food. Young children learn by the example. If the parent is making wise choices, then the child learns to make wise choices, too.
Some parents according to Amen Clinic say that eating healthy is more expensive. They do not have enough time to exercise. Fresh fruits and veggies are more expensive than $1 hamburgers, and everybody is busy. When healthy children become the top priority of parents and educate themselves to shop and cook, then the end result will be healthier children who grow into healthier adults.
When parents decide to take the responsibility and make their child’s health a top priority, the problem of obesity will decrease. It must begin with the parents.