Childhood obesity is a major issue facing the United States. It is a serious medical condition that impacts close to one-third of all children in the country. That means one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Blacks have a 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity, and Hispanics have a 21 percent higher obesity prevalence compared with whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The first lady has made fighting childhood obesity one of her key priorities. She inaugurated the famous vegetable garden at the White House and has encouraged sports and other healthy activities among kids.
Experts say parents play a huge role in guiding their kids to a healthy lifestyle, which includes encouraging physical activity, eating healthy foods, and consuming less fast food.
"Lately, there has been indication that levels have leveled off, which is encouraging," Rao said. "We're starting to turn the corner."
Palfrey said it is important to convey the right message that it's not about weight but about living a balanced life.
"We're really talking about walking a wide space between too little and too much. I think that's the message that we want to get out that too much is not good and too little is not good," she said. "We want to avoid the two extremes."