Bigger Desks, Bigger Clothes … Bigger Kids

Yup, it was bound to happen. Now that 30% of kids are overweight or obese, several new business opportunities have opened up and makers of children’s products are filling the gap.

Hertz Furniture, a company that sells school furniture, started offering 19-inch chairs  three years ago. The biggest desks available before had a height of 18 inches. The taller chairs have wider seating to make room for the added pounds.

Makers of car seats, children’s clothing, and even those ubiquitous pink and blue growth charts pediatricians use to chart your child’s height and weight are adding versions specially made for those hefty tykes.

Read more about the far-reaching effects of our ever-expanding waistlines here.

After you’ve been thoroughly horrified, google First Lady Michelle Obama’s obesity prevention initiative, Let’s Move, and see how you can make a difference.

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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