Chubby Children Have Trouble Fitting On School Furniture
Schools all across America are pioneering big changes in the classroom to make room for overweight kids.
Schools have started to provide separate chairs and desks for the increasing number of students who cannot fit into regular school desks. According to CNN , the manufacturers of the school furniture have started making the size of the desks and chairs for future students larger. The figure for overweight or obese children in the U.S. has tripled from just one generation ago, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.
"I was so large, I couldn't fit in there," said LeBaron, now 19. "Every other student could. I couldn't get my legs to fit underneath the desk or my stomach to fit between the chair without getting the desk stuck with me.
"It was really embarrassing. When class is over, everyone gets up, I would take a few minutes extra, tactfully maneuvering out without looking like a fool."
Maybe its time we seriously limited our children's time spent with the television and computer. How about video games involving exercise instead of the more sedentary variety.