(POCATELLO, ID) – The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says the number of obese people in the Gem State has remained steady, but reported cases of morbid obesity are on the rise. Experts believe the statistics correspond with increases in childhood obesity, and that families aren’t doing enough to ensure that kids take preventative steps now. Those most at risk are low-income families, who may not have the money or the know-how to make healthier food choices. Authorities say that parents have to play a major role in educating children about proper dieting and exercising if the current epidemic is going to be curbed.
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com