Considering that nearly 40 percent of all children in New York City are overweight or obese, these changes signal positive progress. The school system has made other health-conscious changes as well, like expanding fruit and vegetable offerings at lunch.
Improving the health of our children is a first step toward a healthier society and can help head off health problems like obesity or diabetes later in life.
Dallas Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Dirk, said, “he hopes to see substitutions like this in the future, and not just with water. He sees opportunity for other things too, like providing alternatives to high-calorie foods in the lunch lines.”
His best advice to parents is to expose their children to as many foods as possible. The pickier a child is, the more likely they will be to gravitate toward high-calorie foods. Dr. Dirk also recommends parents and children make time for physical play or exercise with their children.
“Childhood obesity leads to teenager obesity,” Dr. Dirk says. “Once obesity gets its grip on the human body, it is very difficult to eliminate.”