Childhood obesity is on the minds of many people these days, and there are countless reasons why it has become such a problem. In the United States, 15 percent of children and teens are at risk of being overweight and another 15 percent are overweight. Altogether, nearly 9 million children are affected by overweight and obesity.
Kids have ample opportunity to consume many more calories than they need each day, from larger portions and meals on the go to accessible sugary snacks and drinks. More sedentary lifestyles have contributed, too. Now it turns out that schools also play a role in this alarming trend.