Since 1980, the number of overweight children has doubled in the United States and between 16 and 33 percent of children in the US are obese (O’Connor 1). Statistics like this have caused schools to take the problem with childhood obesity into account. More health and physical education programs have been implemented, and a healthy school environment has been enforced. This correlates with the ban of sodas and sugary foods at schools. But the real question here is, “Do children pack on more pounds at school or during summer recess?”
A study from the American Journal of Public Health shows that children’s body max index accelerated at a faster rate during summer recess than the school year. Non-school environments are serving as a ground for kids to eat whatever they want without much supervision. In fact, for overweight students the school environment had a protective effect.
Maybe more money should be spent on campaigns for healthy living as a family. Schools definitely did not see this plot twist coming, but at least they can feel secure in the fact that their movement to stop childhood obesity is working. In order to really reduce childhood obesity, families should be more aware of what their children are eating and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few sites where you can find ways to keep your children active and healthy