Medicine: Woe Is Mom

In a poll of 10,000 high-school students on their eating habits, the California Home Economics Association made a surprising discovery: a third of the teenagers often eat no breakfast. Reasons given by the students: not enough time, no breakfast ready, no one to eat with.

The association's nutrition experts, meeting in San Francisco last week, agreed that the poll represented the most scathing indictment of the American Mom since Philip Wylie (in Generation of Vipers) held her over his hot temper and roasted her to a charred turn. The story behind the breakfastless children, the experts reported, is that Mom is a...

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