I think TV and video games are more of a problem. When I was a kid we were outside a LOT. We worked off calories.
I walked almost a mile each way to school. I was still chewing the last bite of dinner when I grabbed my tennis racquet and headed to the park, tennis and basketball until dark.
Parents are afraid to let their kids out. So yes, they sit. Diet and exercise.
Government is as stupid about nutrition as they are about everything else they stick their hands into and screw up-they are supposed to defend our shores, maintain our borders, etc and they can’t even seem to do that anymore...
Why do kids in towns not play outdoors anymore-parents can’t turn off a TV or computer and say “no-go get some fresh air”?
My mom kept the TV off limits on nice days except after dark and on Saturday morning-I did the same with my cub. I live in a rural area, and what few young kids there are here are all over the woods and road until dark-parents still go out to the gate and yell for them to come home, too.
And speaking of the chemical laden “healthy” food, have you read the calorie and carb numbers on that trail mix crap? It is a dried fruit sugar bomb with carbs in the form of whole grains-give the kid oatmeal for breakfast at home, and fresh fruit. No one needs to eat that processed stuff on a regular basis, especially not kids...