In 1970 1 in 20 children were considered obese (defined as weighing 20% or more than their ideal weight) NOW, 1 in 5 are considered obese and 1 in 3 are overweight! The complications from this problem are not only physical but social and emotional for our kids. The cause is simple, our children are eating too much and exercising too little. We can fight this epidemic! Seven Steps To Healthier Children: Model healthier eating: eat healthy by example and show them how to pay attention to when you are full. the home environment: change what you keep in the house to healthy, non processed foods, and limit the sweets..