Parents Can Educate Their Children About Healthy Eating
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Studies show that 1 in 6 American children is obese, and these numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. To reverse the trend will require a concerted effort from both parents and schools.



Newswise - For any effort against childhood obesity to succeed, parents must also take responsibility for ensuring that their child develops proper eating habits. As American children return to the classroom this fall, a dietician and researcher at the University of Arkansas offers some simple tips for taking charge of children's nutrition both at home and at school.

Studies have shown that nearly one in six American children is overweight or obese. These numbers are increasing, and at a faster rate than researchers had previously expected, says Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg of the U of A.

Concerned by this trend, many schools across the country have begun to take action, through programs such as Body Mass Index initiatives and revamped school lunch offerings. Although these measures are proving helpful, the influence of the school extends only so far, Fitch Heigenberg said.

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