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Yvonne Abraham

Reducing weighty obstacles

If a mother like Teneka Williams has to struggle to keep her daughter from sliding into obesity, America is in big trouble.

A couple of years ago, the Dorchester woman noticed her daughter Tiarra, now 9, gaining weight rapidly, jumping dress sizes in months. Worried, she served Tiarra smaller meals, encouraged her to be more active, banned soda. Then, after hearing a radio spot, she contacted the One Step Ahead Clinic at Children’s Hospital, which predominantly serves city kids who are Hispanic, or African-American, like Tiarra.

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