Medicine: Perambulator to Grave

Everybody loves a chubby baby—but is a chubby baby necessarily the healthiest and destined to live longest? Probably not, and especially if the chubbiness persists through adolescence, suggests Antioch College's Anthropologist Stanley M. Garn in a study for the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. In fact, the increase of overeating and obesity in childhood leads Garn to ask: "Are we eating our way to the cemetery beginning in the perambulator?"

Highly fattening food is now generally and easily available to the vast majority of U.S. youngsters, Garn notes. As...

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