The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

It's always a challenge to get children to eat healthy, but the statistics for America's childhood obesity epidemic are alarming and enough to inspire change. Today, roughly eight million young Americans, and nearly 15 percent of all children, are classified as overweight.

A recent report based on public school fitness scores revealed that children in Southern California fare particularly badly, with Los Angeles County topping the scale at 36 percent - more than double the national average. These statistics are ever more remarkable stemming from a state with a reputation for embracing a physical fitness-oriented culture.

Many parents turn a blind eye toward these figures failing, not only to teach their children healthy eating practices but also, more importantly, to provide them with healthy food choices. The issue isn't that they don't know better, it's that they just don't know how to effectively overcome the overwhelming obstacles that come between them and a balanced healthy lifestyle. Despite public schools truly making a concerted effort to be a partner to parents by reforming lunch programs and vending machines, twenty-eight in one hundred California school children are overweight.

Over the past few decades, soft drinks have swapped roles in their diet, shifting from an occasional treat to a daily staple. The proliferation of junk food marketing has inundated children's programming. Regulated family eating schedules have - to a degree - become almost antiquated with an increasing number of children eating alone and in front of the TV.In our time-constrained, deadline-oriented society, good eating habits are challenging to achieve.

For parents juggling the demands of work, meetings and after-school activities, it's hard to find the time, or energy, to cook dinner every evening. The scores of fast-food restaurants one may pass along the way home or to activities make eating what's most convenient a tempting alternative to seeking out healthy meals.

Curbing childhood obesity involves a focus on serving healthy, rather than super-sized meal portions. Today's parents lead fast-paced lives that encumber their ability to prepare and cook healthy meals. As a result, children's eating habits are suffering. Seeking convenient, time saving meal solutions for compressed social schedules doesn't have to be a health hazard to children.

At Susan's Healthy Gourmet, they've listened to our customers and taken their service to the next level by offering a menu featuring healthy versions of children's favorite meals that parents can feel confident in serving. Ultimately, it helps parents make better meal choices for their children, without the guilt of compromising good health.

Susan's Healthy Kids" is a specialty-meal delivery program dedicated to children. Available in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Southern Ventura counties, the service offers Southern Californians a healthy, time saving means by which to curb the local childhood obesity epidemic.

Composed of nutritionally balanced meals that cater to a healthy lifestyle, these Backpack Lunches and Busy Bee Dinners are made with the highest quality ingredients and are individually packaged-to-order as many as three to four lunches and dinners at a time.

Sauces, dressings and desserts are prepared from scratch, ensuring that children enjoy delicious and nutritious meals. They are labeled by the day of the week best eaten for maximum freshness.

Many families feel they don't have the time it takes to prepare healthy meals. Helping to set your kids on a path to a healthy future is one of the most important things you can do for them. Recognizing that convenience is crucial, parents and caregivers can work together to establish an understanding and a plan of action for each child's nutritional needs. Making this investment in their health will pay big dividends throughout your lives. 

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