Bill's Crusade

Bill Clinton was touring Africa last week--seeing for himself the effects of disease and undernourishment on a generation of the continent's children--when his thoughts turned to kids back home who have the opposite problem. The number of American children who are obese has reached 9 million. In the past three decades, obesity rates have more than doubled for kids 2 to 5 and tripled for kids 6 to 11. As Clinton is fond of saying, this could be the first generation of Americans whose lives will be shorter than their parents'.

What can he do about it? We're about to find out....

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