Obesity Goes Global

Children around the world are eating more like Americans-- and getting dangerously fat as a result

Eight-year-old Hannah McGoey lives in an upstairs apartment on a busy thoroughfare in London. She has no yard to play in, and her school holds physical-education classes just two days a week. Her busy parents tried to be careful about nutrition, giving up their Friday fish and chips, for example. But over the years, Hannah only became plumper. By the time she turned 6, children's sizes no longer fit her. "I would have to buy jeans for 12- and 14-year-olds," her mother Julia remembers, "and then cut a foot and a half off the leg."

But things began to change...

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