I will give you my opinion in 4 letters – DIET. Children today are so nutrient deprived, eating processed foods/genetically modified foods, minimal fruits and veggies, and an absorbent amount of sugar. Then, they are expected to sit still and engage for hours when their bodies and brains go on highs and lows all day long, blood sugars rising and falling, energy levels with peaks and valleys, similar to a person addicted to drugs. Studies have actually shown that sugar is as addictive as heroine, so of course these kids are always hungry. They are seeking out their next high from sugar filled “foods” that provide absolutely no benefit to their growing brains - harsh, yes, honest, absolutely. I will admit that technology, screen time and lack of outdoor play limiting vitamin D are impacting this epidemic as well, but with a healthy diet, children will have more energy to run around and play outside and would willingly choose this activity over an ipad any day, guaranteed! With a healthy diet, we would also see less children being prescribed medication for ADHD at the young age of FIVE, less medication for anxiety and depression, and improved immune systems. This paradigm needs a shift, and soon, because our youth are suffering immensely and these medications are changing their brain biochemistry across their lifetime.