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  • Battling Childhood Obesity Needs a Softer Approach

    Battling Childhood Obesity Needs a Softer Approach

    By Robert Crosnoe, Professor of Sociology
    Published: April 14

    We need a softer touch when addressing the "obesity epidemic" among children and teens in the U.S., one focusing on gaining some "good" rather than eliminating something "bad."

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      Al Maxey said on April 30 at 2:00 p.m.
      You had me until the last sentence. Sorry, I was an obese kid in school. Sports were available but only for the fit kids. Even if I could muster the courage to try out for the team, it would only sign me up for more ridicule, more inadequacy, and other humiliation at the hands of my teammates, our opponents, and spectators (supposing I actually made the team, they found the adult or oversized jersey for me to wear, and God help me if they put me on the field where I couldn't possibly run fast enough). No thanks on the sports. That doesn't help obese kids - it might, however, help prevent kids from becoming obese.
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      cloud computing xero said on April 23 at 9:00 a.m.
      Can you tell us more about this? I'd want to find out more details.