Almost half of all Israelis (4 million people) walk around with their bellies in front of them, according to the latest Social Survey of Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, which said that 48% of the population is overweight or obese. Sixteen percent of Israelis are obese or morbidly obese. Men are fatter, with 55% of them overweight or obese, compared to “only” 41% of women.

Our six-year-old son – our first child – is starting first grade in September. He enjoyed his preschool kindergarten, but we worry if he will fit in easily at school, where everything is more regimented. How can we help him prepare for this big change? B.N., Trenton, New Jersey, US