We all know that eliminating childhood obesity is on the first lady’s priority list, but here’s another article supporting the idea that it really is a public health crisis. I agree. Why? We have overweight, undernourished kids who are establishing not only a poor health foundation, but poor eating habits for their entire lives. Poor nutrition leads to poor health which leads to less productivity and lower quality of life. Not a happy picture for the future of our country. What to do if you are a mom or caretaker? First, cut out the sugar… sugary “fruit drinks” (in which the top two ingredients are water and sugar), sugary cereals, and snacks. Second, choose whole grains. The label needs to say “100% whole wheat,” not multigrain, made with whole wheat, or simply wheat. Try Cheerios, chex, and triscuits. Or just go with brown rice, oats, or other whole grains. Last, watch the fat. Especially the added artificial fats. Skip the fried foods, chips, and anything with hydrogenated oils in the ingredients. Choose healthy fatty foods like nuts and seeds and fish. Who knows, you may find that your two year-old just loves salmon and brown rice and broccoli…just like my 15mo does!