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If one's kid is obese because he is driven everywhere like a little prince, then one might want to think about why they live so far away from the school, why they chose a community with no sidewalks and why junior is so precious that he can't walk anywhere. It's not my fault, the government's or even the school's fault when people think so much of their kids that their children must be driven everywhere and be adult-supervised every minute of the day.
Not only will one's kid grow up to be fat, but also terrified of walking or stepping outside without a chaperone. You get what you get. This obesity epidemic rests squarely on the shoulders of the parents. If you don't want fat kids send them outside and occasionally feed them a vegetable.
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Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet and the founder of a Harvard University hospital weight-loss facility.
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