Learn About Physical Fitness
One reason there's a childhood obesity problem in the United States is that a lot of kids aren't well versed when it comes to physical fitness. With more pressure being put on educators to beef up math and English test scores, physical education (PE) classes are being cut. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education found that only half of grade school children are enrolled in a PE class, and a mere 30 percent of high school kids are taking a PE course [source: Sealey]. Without the tools and knowledge about physical fitness, kids are forced to learn on their own or from their parents. If your child's school does not have a PE program that offers a wide range of activities, take it upon yourself as a parent to educate him or her about the necessities of physical fitness.