The Press Enterprise reports that kids all across Riverside County are getting fatter, but specifically it appears that childhood obesity is a severe problem in Quail Valley and Canyon Lake.
An article on the Press Enterprise today has a map showing this area in red, indicating that as many as 44.5% of the kids are chunky...
And junk food is being blamed...
State and Riverside County public health researchers attributed increased rates of overweight and obese children to the prevalence of fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages, extended computer and video game use and long distances to parks and recreational areas.
Funny, when I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, we had fast food, sugar-sweetened beverages, ice cream trucks, and just about every piece of junk food that we have today.
Computers and video game use was the same as watching television back in the 1970s. And as for long distances to parks and recreational areas, we used to ride our bikes anywhere from five to ten miles to find the best canyons and hills.
The difference back then was our parents kicked us out of the house and made us burn off energy.
The problem is not junk food and computers, it's that there are more parents not taking responsibility for their kids' fitness.