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Obesity and American Kids

I note a remarkable similarity among the children in your excellent article "Watching What They Eat": an alarming lack of supervision or structure, resulting in indiscriminate snacking and imbalanced diets [June 23]. The juvenile--obesity epidemic cannot be conquered until breakfast and dinner become daily family events with parental modeling. Raj U. Dugel, LOS ANGELES

As a physician, I believe obesity is a far greater public-health hazard than tobacco. It is associated with an increase in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, heart failure--the list goes on. We should attack obesity exactly as we have gone after...

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