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At least 25 of all Americans under age nineteen are overweight or obese notes Greg Crister in his article Too Much of a Good Thing In the article which appeared in the Los Angeles Times in July 2001 Crister proposes resolving this problem by teaching children not to overeat This is a reasonable way to slightly improve the problem but coupled with a parental example it is a way to significantly reduce obesity Crister tells us that although obesity has become an epidemic the fight against it is increasingly paralyzed by years of media-induced food hysteria over-generalized and outdated nutritional wisdom and the lack of restrictions concerning food He puts the responsibility for setting these food restrictions on parents but does not blame them for the nations dietary problems Instead he blames the dietary problems on the notion that a child restrained from overeating will either rebel or worse will suffer such a loss of self-esteem that a lifetime of disastrous eating behavior will follow Crister goes on to discredit the belief that kids know when theyre full by citing research to the contrary Crister also says he understands that changing childrens eating habits is antithetical to some notions many parents hold dear Furthermore he sees how difficult changing eating habits may be when there are billion dollar fast food chains that convince families to purchase a thousand supersize calories for a mere 250 Crister does however think it is possible He directs us to the French citing their redemption from obesity which didnt harm their self-esteem In this article Greg Crister provides a convincing argument while remaining sensitive to the people at the heart of the issue He points out that people should not be stigmatized but their behavior should be Crister remains fluent and consistent allowing one to understand his points His references to statistical data and research give validity to his claim that children can and should be taught food restraint
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