Survey says: Parents responsible for childhood obesity

Parents assigned rest of the cause to unhealthy food environment.

Nov. 13—Sixty percent of the cause of the rise in childhood obesity rests with the parents, according to parents who took a Yale survey about food marketing. The parents assigned the rest of the cause to an unhealthy food environment.

The parents cited as the top obstacles to ensuring healthy eating habits: expense (of healthy and organic foods), easy access (to fast food, snack foods and unhealthy food in schools), children’s media usage and advertising. They also said they gave in to their kids' requests and were not always good role models for eating.