The limited funding should always go to the parents since they are the key caregivers and decision-makers in regard to children’s dietary choices and lifestyle in general. According to CDC, childhood obesity is not only impacted by physical activity, food, and sleep but also by social determinants of health. In other words, parents are the sole agents who have full control in these domains of a child’s life. Subsequently, it will be more effective to allocate these resources and efforts to proper parenting.
Although children are able to learn about measures needed to be undertaken to fight obesity, they are mostly in no position to implement them in practice until they reach some form of independence or adulthood.
It is likely that parents will be more willing to integrate the recommended guidelines as changes to ensure that their children are healthy. Thus, even if the adults are not willing to change for their own health, children will be a stronger source of motivation and incentive. Such a policy can also have a spillover effect, which might facilitate health improvements among parents as well. The main reason is that they will be the ones being educated, which is why providing funding to parents can be twice as effective.
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