The challenge of childhood obesity is significantly different, some argue, from the challenge of adult obesity. Children don’t have the power over their lives, decisions, and lifestyles that adults have (parents and adults make many decisions for them and have the power to enforce certain behaviors).
Social institutions have more impact on kids than on adults (like church, YMCA, and especially school — including school lunch programs, mandatory gym classes, possible nutritional education, etc.).
Finally, there is the fact that kids are less set in their ways than adults, so it’s easier to change their behaviors and teach them new concepts. The number of obese children has just passed 17% and continues to grow. What is the full range of underlying causes for this trend and which combined causes are chiefly responsible?
Watch Live Event Recasts: Event 1 | Event 2 | Event 3 | Event 4