Eating healthy isn’t always an option

Childhood obesity is on the rise in the U.S.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s something you’ve heard about for years, obesity is on the rise and Americans need to start eating healthier.

Over the last 30 years, the CDC says childhood obesity rates have more than doubled. Now, in 2014, nearly one-third of all children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

One local parent told 22News, he knows how important it is to eat healthy, but sometimes, it just isn’t possible. Jorge Aponte of Chicopee said, “The not so healthy is so much cheaper. I believe that’s why so many more people get them. It’s easier on the budget, it’s easier to make half the time. Fast food is right around the corner everywhere you look.”

For many families, healthy food can be too expensive in a tough economy.  That’s why experts recommend parents help their children get at least an hour of physical activity everyday.

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