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“If we believe it’s a restaurant that’s made our kids fat, we’re not going to change, because it’s their fault,” he says. “We’re not going to arrest the control we do have as parents. We have the perfect justification: it’s not our fault. That’s where it really becomes dangerous. These suits obscure the difference we can make in our own lives right now.”
That difference starts and ends with parents. If this panel’s all-star cast can agree that parents hold the key to their own kids’ healthy eating, then the debate over childhood obesity might just be entering a healthy new chapter.
Baylen Linnekin is a writer living in Washington, D.C. He blogs at Crispy on the Outside.