I respect you and your point of view but I must disagree somewhat.
It is not the food industry’s fault. They do not raise children.
It is the fault of the parent’s.
My mom and dad were well acquainted with the word no and they made sure I heard it frequently. We never had a soda at home. If we got one it was through the grandparents. They had forgotten no for us.
We ate at home and mom did not buy junk. Now I see many moms shoving junk down their kids throat and yanking them out of athletic practices to go watch somebody else play in a game.
I see a lot of kids, and the ones who move around and are encouraged to be athletic by their folks are fit and happy. The ones eating twinkies in front of the video screen are fat and soft.
The math is pretty easy.
I have two young sons myself and they get a well balanced diet, but in truth, they get more treats than I would like. But they are fit and strong because there is no TV during the week and less than an hour on weekends. Get them outside and moving.
They come home from school and play outside till dark. Do homework, eat, shower, go to bed. Even in the rain my youngest will go outside and pretend to play baseball (essentially doing NAPA throwing holds) until I make him come in.
If you want fit kids, turn off the TVs, video games and computers and get them outside or on an indoor court. They will be skinny and most likely happy in no time.
I do agree that processed food is an issue and parents should be more vigilant in seeing the kids get whole foods and limited plastic contact.