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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Battling children’s obesity

Is plain cereal good for you? What about avocados? Parental food myths are part of a larger problem in our culture

HOW’S THIS for an unlikely weapon against obesity: On 10-year-old Ezra Fellman-Blau’s first visit to the child-obesity clinic at Children’s Hospital, Dr. David Ludwig offers the boy a piece of chocolate.

It’s dark chocolate, specifically — the rich, bitter stuff — and Ludwig first explains that, unlike milk chocolate, this is a health food. Then he gives Ezra a lesson in how to eat. Smell your food. Then lick it. Then chew it slowly. Swallow. Take note of every sensation, in your mouth and in your stomach.

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