In a recent report (Schaefer. 2011) on what the German scientists felicitously called the "Obeldicks" program (with reference to the obese Gaul from the famous comic book series), Schaefer et. al. report the results of a large scale intervention program with 76 obese children and their parents. The program was based on three-pillar-strategy:
- physical activity training,
- nutrition education,
- and behavior counseling
So, if you want to die from diabetes, cancer or heart disease (you chose your favorite) in 10 years from now, that is your choice, BUT be fair and give your children the education and advice they need to get their acts together, they probably still have the chance.