thecoalman - 11:05 am on Aug 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
BeeDeeDubbleU, diet plays a roll but too many parents don't cook even know how to cook.
When I was in elementary school there was a candy store right next to it and it was packed every day. We ate tastycakes, chips, candy and all kinds of other crap every day. We even had the dreaded McD's occasionally. Despite this only two people in my class were slightly overweight and one that was truly obese, he had a medical problem.
I think there is a couple reasons for this but the main one is the constant exercise, I walked to school 5 blocks up until HS and then it was 10 blocks until I got my license. That 10 block walk required two lunches and 4 pints of chocolate milk. :P After school everyday I must of rode my bike for miles and when I got to my destination is was to do some other physical activity. Even when I got my first computer my beloved Commodore 64 I had to get on my bike to exchange hacked copies of games with friends. It wasn't just me doing all this exercise but everyone.
I don't see many kids doing that these days, their lives are too structured and regimented. The free time they do have is spent in front of a game, facebook etc. That 2 hours of PE they get in school each week isn't going to cut it. Even organized sports is rarely a substitute because that is not day in and day out activity.