One of the sad things I observed during the school carnival Friday night was how many of our children are obese. I thought at first that I was just imaging that about half the children I saw were overweight. Then I really started to pay attention to the students who had been in my class within the past five years. Unfortunately many of them look like they have been fed a steady diet of junk food and soda.
I wasn’t a fat child. I really didn’t start to put on weight until after I had children. I could only recall two classmates who were heavy, so I went back and checked every class photo I could find. Sure enough, most of my classes averaged one heavy child per year. Then I looked at the class photos for each year that I’ve taught since 1999. There were only one or two overweight children in each kindergarten class.
So what happens between first grade and fifth? Less activity? More junk food? More video games and television? I don’t know the answers. I only know that I read today that there is an alarming increase in the number of children who get Type 2 diabetes. You can read more at this site: Diabetes