Paige Martin

Childhood obesity’s real problem

Our response to a national epidemic is as damaging as the problem itself

I am a local preschool teacher and love running around and being outside with my kids every day. I am an avid gardener at my home, and I am interested in local foods and nutrition. I have also attempted to unify my preschool and gardening interests by becoming part of the Farm to School movement.

Given my profession and my interests, I hear an awful lot about childhood obesity and, quite frankly, I am tired of it.

Childhood obesity is the epidemic that threatens our livelihoods. Yes, I am aware that this generation of kids who are growing right now might have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation due to health issues.

Yes, I understand the importance of too much weight on a young body and how, according to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity is affecting 17 percent of all children and adolescents at “triple the rate from just one generation ago.”...

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