How does a 175-pound 10-year-old sound? Or a 200-pound 6-year-old? Or, far worse, a morbidly obese 6-year-old having his gallbladder removed because a high fat diet has caused it to malfunction and become a source of pain?
I’m a pediatric surgeon, and these are the children I see every day. I find myself congratulating the parents of normal-weight children — kids we now call thin — the new exception to the rule. This is my new normal, and it’s not O.K., not by any standard. It’s madness and we are not doing enough, as individuals or as a culture, to stop it.