There’s a lot of buzz about kids being overweight, and not eating right. With good reason. The obesity rate among children is on the rise. Now that school is back in session, I’m hearing many sources blame childhood obesity on what kids eat in the cafeteria.
Yes, schools don’t always serve the healthiest meals. I’m not arguing that point. But most kids who eat school lunch are only eating one meal, five days a week, for nine months out of the year. Is that really enough to make them fat? Aren’t most of the calories they take in consumed outside of school?
I think rather than blaming it on the schools we need to look more closely at what kids are being fed at home. It’s a lot more likely that extra calories, over-abundant snacks and fast food are being supplied by parents.
How many times a week do kids eat drive-thru in the car while being shuttled from one activity to the next? How many kids purchase candy bars, soda and potato chips with spending money from Mom and Dad? How often do boxed dinners take the place of homemade food in an effort to save time?
Maybe we need to take a look at what’s in our own cupboards. Isn’t it our job to teach proper nutrition, and introduce good foods and eating habits to our children? Schools are for educating children, not raising them.
Also, are the kids getting enough active playtime to constitute adequate daily exercise? Not only are many eating too many potato chips, they’re eating them in front of too many TV shows.
What you think?