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Can You Believe This? NY Schools Spy on Fat Kids

Big Brother wants your kids to lose weight and be healthier.  A school district on Long Island, New York is requiring a group of overweight and obese kids to wear electronic bracelets that monitor where they are and what they're doing at all times, especially if they're not active or exercising.

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Parents Outraged Over Rhyming ‘Diet’ Book For Teenagers

Messages of good health and positive self-esteem for girls are common themes in books for kids. So why are so many people upset over a rhyming picture book about an obese, unhappy 14-year-old named Maggie?

Well, for starters, they don't like the title:  "Maggie Goes on a Diet."

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Harvard Prof: Parents of Very Obese Kids Should Lose Custody

Harvard University professor and child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig has generated controversy and outrage across the country with his claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children.

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Sleep More = Lose Weight?

I usually get about 5-6 hours of sleep a  night, which isn't much, but I feel pretty well-rested during the day (though waking up early is a different story...)

However, a new study shows that catching up on Z's could affect your waistline, in a good way. The study also recently applies to children, given the fact that childhood obesity has become such a growing problem in the past couple of years.

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