As a personal injury lawyer, I see obesity at a serious problem; a problem that needs to be addressed by everyone. Parents see obesity as a problem, but not as their problem. This attitude needs to change, according to an annual obesity report that includes a new survey regarding parental attitudes. (M.C. Jalonick, Washington AP, 6/29).
The survey shows “an increasing awareness of obesity and its threat to public health, though 84 percent of parents say their children are at a healthy weight even though more than a third of children are considered overweight or obese.”
Considering that obesity rates increased in nearly 30 states last year, and Mississippi stands as the fattest state for the sixth consecutive year, this problem is not getting any less serious.
I am hopeful that everyone starts to take obesity seriously and makes the necessary lifestyle changes.