Eyes Wide Shut: Society’s Perceptions of Childhood Obesity

The Kentucky Parent Survey, released last month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that 14% of Kentucky parents say their child weighs too much, but the National Survey of Children’s Health categorized 37% of Kentucky children as overweight or obese.  An infographic from the report can be found here.

About these findings, Dr. Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky stated, “Our children’s habits and behaviors impact their health today and shape their quality of life as they grow.  When kids eat poorly and don’t get enough physical activity, it increases their risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. This poll data helps us understand what parents think about the behaviors that are so critical to health.”

There are many educational resources out there giving parents the tools they need to encourage their children to make healthy choices.  One company in our portfolio, HealthTeacher, has transformed the way children learn about health by providing current and innovative curriculum for public school teachers.

In a recent blog, we wrote about how the state of Tennessee has combated childhood obesity.  By raising public awareness of childhood obesity and providing a solution, Tennessee has made an impact.  It’s clear from our experience that early stage companies can be part of the solution.