Unsupersizing Our Children

by Sarah Henry on September 18, 2012 · 0 comments

in food security,great schools site,kids & food

Childhood obesity is a complex, challenging problem. The good folks at Great Schools asked me to explore the matter in a way that might be useful to parents struggling to help their kids maintain a healthy weight.

Find a personal account about how one mom made changes that made a dramatic difference in her daughter’s life.”I learned the hard way that you can’t just ignore [weight problems] in your child,” Melissa Baldan-Carpenter told me. “It’s a medical condition — just like the flu or cancer — and you need to treat it to prevent it from damaging your child’s body and to protect her health.”

Check out a companion story with 10 strategies gleaned from experts that can help an overweight child slim down — or prevent the problem in the first place.

And read a thoughtful Q&A by my colleague Connie Matthiessen on the connection between childhood obesity and poverty.

Too many of our children, a pediatrician with experience in the trenches explains, are both hungry and heavy. “As a society, we often blame weight problems on poor eating habits and a lack of willpower,” notes Matthiessen. “But when families have neither access to nutritious food nor the resources to buy it, healthy meals are a luxury they often can’t afford.”

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