All this is good news and good information for kids. It’s important that youngsters don’t fall into bad habits early in life, because overweight and obese children are at a markedly higher risk of being similarly out of shape later in life. That, of course, leads to all manner of health problems that can cut life short altogether.
It is important to recognize a problem if you have one, too. A recent national survey found 15 percent of parents consider their child to be overweight, yet statistics indicate 32 percent of children are overweight or obese. The fact nearly 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese might have something to do with that perceptional disconnect.
So as you prepare to send the youngsters off to school this fall, along with notebooks and binders, also take stock of physical and mental health. It can make all the difference in you child’s life.