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Viewpoints: Kids need our help to make healthy choices, avoid obesity
Sacramento Bee

As a pediatrician fighting the childhood obesity battle, I often reflect on the differences between my childhood and those of my patients and my own children. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s in Livermore, a Bay Area suburban community. My siblings and I ran and biked all around the neighborhood unsupervised. At dinnertime, my mother would ring the dinner bell, and we returned home to eat. We rarely ate out, and fast food restaurants were just beginning to move into town. We drank milk and water. We had homework, but it didn’t keep us inside all afternoon.