Many parents will be shocked to learn that one out of five children under the age of five are obese. Even more shocking is the fact that one out of three children at all ages are obese. Childhood obesity is increasing at such an alarming rate in the United States that it is now considered to be an epidemic. Concerned parents may be wondering if schools are to blame or if there are other causes to this problem. Most parents expect schools to provide their children with nutritious cafeteria options and good food education.
Many schools are trying to change the lunches that they provide children. In the past school lunches consisted of fries, pizza and burgers. Today schools are trying to give their students some healthier options. However teachers cannot force children to eat healthy food and exercise on a regular basis. They can provide children with a good idea of what foods that they should and should not eat. However this information is rendered useless if parents do not follow up on it at home.
In an ideal situation a parent will take the time to teach a child what they should eat so that they grow up strong and healthy. They can do this by teaching their children about good nutrition and backing it up with healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Parents should lead by example as children look to their parents for tips on how they should behave. This is evidenced by the fact that most obese children have obese parents. Parents can teach their kids to lead a more healthy lifestyle by educating them on the importance of good food, regular exercise and how calories work. By doing this they will be able to take charge of their weight by making educated choices on their food and exercise routines.