If your kids are overweight, they may not be eating too much.
... the number of calories consumed annually by the average US child declined 9 percent between 2004 and 2013. And yet, researchers from Duke and Wake Forest have found that trend has not improved the child obesity situation.
... not a single group showed a statistically significant decline in obesity or being overweight over the time frame.
... while kids have eased up on problematic items like sugary sodas in recent years, they're "not shifting the quality of [their] diets toward healthy foods." Instead, "we continue to see our children mainly eat what we would call junk food," relying heavily on cookies and other grain-based sweets, along with plenty of salty snacks, fruit juice (which acts an awful lot like soda in our bodies), and other sugary beverages.
... French fries and chips are the most common form of vegetables kids eat by the time they're two years old.
... Congress and President Barack Obama reformed the school food environment in important ways back in 2010, cutting down on the once-ubiquitous availability of sugary snacks and beverages, but public school cafeterias are still constrained by tight budgets to churning out plenty of highly processed food.
Chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are ubiquitous in food packaging and all manner of consumers products; yet there's "strong mechanistic, experimental, animal, and epidemiological evidence" that at tiny doses they mess with our endocrine systems and can trigger obesity and diabetes, warns the Endocrine Society. Kids can be saddled with a higher risk of obesity before they're even born, when their pregnant moms are exposed to BPA.
Add all of this to stubbornly low rates of physical activity among kids and the long decline of time and resources devoted to physical-education classes and even recess, and it's no wonder our childhood obesity problem persists. [emphasis mine]
How to Avoid Phthalates and BPA:
I still make the mistake of microwave reheating of plastic wrap-covered food, and sometimes put plastics in the dishwasher.
I suspect there is also the issue of exercise, or the lack thereof. When I was a kid (more years ago than I care to relate!), we had recess every day and we played HARD, rang around, swung on swings and flying rings (loved those!) and played soccer. Are kids these days doing as much?
Personally, I'm dubious.