Honey, Let's Shrink the Kids

By Janet Raloff, 15:51 PM April 15, 2008

"Despite steady progress over most of the past century toward assuring the health of our country's children, we begin the 21st century with a startling set-back—an epidemic of childhood obesity."

So begins a 480-page report that was released in preprint form last week by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Although this epidemic affects boys and girls in all states, at all ages, and in all income brackets, the report notes that certain ethnic groups suffer disproportionately—especially blacks, H...

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