There is no denying that eating well is important for good health. But it matters what we understand by the phrase ‘eating well’. If it means to us ‘planned eating’ or ‘balanced eating’, that is well and good. The prevailing scenario indicates that most of us seem to think eating well is the same thing as uncontrolled and impulsive eating. It cannot be disputed that a good appetite is a sign of good health. Unfortunately for most of us, hunger is not the chief or only motivation for eating. We eat to fill in time, we eat for the company, we eat to avoid wastage and sometimes we eat just out of an obligation. True, physical exercise can go a long way in keeping us healthy. That holds good only when the other side of it, the nutritional culture, is also taken care of simultaneously. Food is like medicine and we would do well to avoid double dose.Obesity is not just about one’s appearance. It can cause potential damage to one’s self-esteem, not to mention what it does to the metabolic rate and the pace of aging. Firstly, it is the duty of the parents to keep their children informed of the problem of obesity and its often irreversible consequences. Teachers in schools should not confine themselves to the domain of their academic responsibilities alone; instead, they may make a concerted effort to oversee the overall wellbeing of all students. Making sports and athletics mandatory for all students at schools can help. A mass drill may be boring, but sports are always fascinating.