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Parents Say They Know Kids Are Overweight

By Alabama Public Radio

Undated – Some parents who took part in a recent survey are 'fessing up. They say they know their kids are overweight. The survey includes 961 parents who have children between the ages six and 17. Twenty-one percent of them say they know their kids need to lose weight, and they say they have a pretty good idea why. Their kids aren't exercising, they say, and it's too easy for their kids to get junk food. About half of the parents say there are some barriers to better health -- healthy food is too expensive, and television commercials and food packaging are hard to resist. Many parents also say school lunchrooms need to do a better job serving healthy food.

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