Abdi Ameen Posted over 3 years ago Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem? In all honesty, I attribute obesity to the environment the child grew up in. There was an interesting conversation I heard about a month ago suggesting that obesity may VERY well be a form of child abuse. On the converse, I think educating children and parents is the best way to go. The number 1 cause of deaths is smoking, followed by obesity and it is rampant.