Editorial: You want fries with that?

September 6, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Greensboro News & Record

Our children are in trouble.

Despite significant advances in medicine, nutrition and technology, they are heavier, less active and more susceptible to heart disease, high-blood pressure and diabetes, among other conditions.

Nationally, obesity rates for U.S. children range from a high of 44.4 percent in Mississippi to 23.1 percent in Minnesota and Utah.

Some of the contributing factors are obvious: our children are exercising less and eating bigger, less-nutritious meals. They are also reflecting the similarly unhealthy tendencies of their parents. According to the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, adult obesity rates increased in 23 states over the past year and did not decrease in any state.

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