If you look at all the statistics, you can see that childhood obesity has increased faster than the national deficit. And you may be asking yourself why this happened. It's not one reason; it's a whole bunch of them.
Kids have more access to junk food. Manufacturers are combining more addictive ingredients -- saturated fat, simple sugars and salt -- in prepared treats like Cinnabons that cause kids to want to eat more calories. Schools are eliminating or decreasing time spent in recess and phys ed. Kids spend more time in front of the TV, so they're not only sitting more, but they're also exposed to lots of ads for junky foods. Today there's less of a sense of community, so kids spend less time outside and don't walk to school.
That's just scratching the surface. We could go on and on about all the things that make it difficult for kids to maintain a healthy size. But in the end, the choice is up to you: You can either engage in the blame game and come up with all the reasons why it's easier for your kid to eat ice cream and entertain herself with her PlayStation Portable, or you can be a leader and make the changes that will improve your child's life now and in the future.
Find out more about this book:YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade