What Causes Childhood Obesity? – Part 32

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As many of my regular viewers to this web blog know, there are many factors contributing to childhood obesity. I post daily here about it, whether news print articles, opinions, feedback, or just personal opinion.

Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo! (click here) about childhood obesity. I started searching for sources for this article, and received over 100 responses to the question, “What do you think caused the rise in childhood obesity?” Responses came from professional and Olympic athletes, fitness experts, health experts, nutritionist, and parents.

I was unable to use everyone’s feedback, but thought it would be great to post some of their responses on my blog in a new web series, “What Causes Childhood Obesity.” I hope that you enjoy the opinions here from various individuals. Please remember, my including their posts does not necessarily mean I agree or endorse their opinion, rather, a place to share other people’s thoughts.

Keeping Kids Fit
Opinion: Kristin Serio

I am a 23-year-old Mom and have a wonderful 2-year-old son who has already adopted great eating practices!

I believe childhood obesity is on the rise because parents aren’t taking responsibility for what their children are eating. Parents find it easier to just give in to their child’s complaining and give them the foods they want, rather than actually being a parent. We live in a society that is always on the go, but just because we are constantly busy doesn’t mean healthy eating goes out the window. There are plenty of great snack options that can easily be brought along besides the traditional bags of chips, candy, etc.

Teaching children healthy eating habits at the get go will help children in leading a healthy lifestyle. “Delicious” food doesn’t have to be junk food, and snacks don’t have to be full of sugars and fat. For example, I have taught my son to really enjoy eating fruit pouches. They are a treat for him to have, and with 100% fruit, it’s a snack I don’t feel guilty about.

My name is Kristin Serio and I am an Account Coordinator at Uproar PR.