October 2010 Your Turn

We’re getting fatter, our kids are getting fatter, and while schools can do some things to address the problem, they can’t be the primary players in reducing the nation’s obesity epidemic.

That’s how Your Turn readers responded to August’s question: “How much can schools do to solve the obesity epidemic?”

The largest number of respondents --  47 percent --  said, “Schools can do some things, but other factors will be more responsible for reducing obesity levels.” Thirty-three percent said schools “can’t do it all, but have a major role to play.” Fourteen percent said the obesity problem will persist, regardless of what schools do, and just 6 percent said schools “could lead the way” in solving the problem.

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