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What should we do about fat kids?

Richard Bowen | 10:26 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2007

obese child swimmingI ask this because even in France, a country best known it's fine cuisine and love of the family meal, they've acknowledged obesity in children is becoming a real problem. All adverts for products considered unhealthy will, from today be accompanied by health warnings. Watchdogs in the US are claiming chain restaurants are promoting dangerous "X-treme Eating". And if there weren't enough reasons to do this story today we've had this from Robert in Utah;

I've always thought that it is a form of child neglect to allow children to become grossly obese. Here is an article that appeared yesterday that supports my thoughts: I would enjoy hearing a discussion on your show on this topic about whether parents should be investigated or even lose their children temporarily if they fail to keep their kids from becoming grossly obese.

But what is the solution to this growing problem in many western countries? Should we, as Prince Charles alluded to earlier this week, ban fast food chinas like Macdonald? Should all adverts for unhealthy foods to banned? Or is this all a lot of fuss about nothing? I'd love to hear what you think.

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