Your Sunday editorial raises a real question about the role of public schools in combating child obesity.The schools cannot do all the work of families in solving social problems, and they certainly cannot greatly increase physical education programs without adequate money for staff.
Your conclusion is, however, wrong. The problem of obesity has been getting worse for a long time as we have become a nation of non-walkers and fast-food habits. Kentucky must act to improve the health of its citizens both to make life better for individuals and to avoid catastrophic health-care costs in the decades to come. The state must be involved and so must local authorities.
Public education must be involved because the issues are matters of education: healthy diet and exercise. There are many ways to structure physical education programs when the will and resources are there: recess for grade schools with active play outside and in the gym, a range of activities for upper grades including walking and biking for the non-competitive. Parents must understand there are risks - skinned knees, the occasional injury - risks that are trivial compared to the risks of getting in a car or of diabetes.