When chools in Arizona recently sent out letters to parents informing them of their child's BMI, or body mass index, an outrage followed.
Parents should be aware of the state of their child's health. They should not need a letter to inform them of a serious health issue.
As a parent, you are directly responsible for your child's weight. The type and amount of foods a child intakes, paired with the amount of activity, determines what weight a child will bear. You as a parent are in control of these three factors. You as a parent make your child healthy or obese.
Be sure to feed your child a variety of foods. This is the only way to truly ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need. Limit snacks to once a day and eliminate junk food except for rare occasions. Not allowing children to eat while watching television or playing games is an easy way to do away with harmful overeating. Most fast food options have little to zero nutritional value. Avoid this food unless there is no other option.