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New Insights About Obese Children (Pedcast)



I was lucky enough to be riding my bike on a beautiful fall day recently when my “Biking friends” and I passed a soccer field of one of the private schools in Charlotte. The school was at the top of a hill so we stopped for a moment to rest and watch the kids play on the playground.  Two things immediately struck me as we watched the children– first, the diversity of the racial backgrounds of the kids on that field. I think of the forty or so children out on the field running around, every ethnic group was represented, all playing with one another without any apparent animosity or segregation.  I found that very refreshing and encouraging.  The other thing I noticed was that there was not one child on the field who was overweight–not one!  This is not the norm in America these days where  35% of children are now overweight and 20% are obese. So in today’s pedcast, I thought we might do a thought experiment to see if we can explain why these children seem to be different than the average group of kids in America today; why weren’t there overweight and obese kids on that playground? Continue reading

No More Lost Kids,w/ Ken Gilliard (Pedcast)


We are going to digress for a few minutes from my usual routine of bringing you a free pediatric education. No, today, I am going to make an appeal for your help. Let me explain. I think we all know that there are children, being raised in poor families all across America, children who have very little hope of doing anything but living a life of poverty. In fact, there are more children being raised in poverty today than there were in 1965, at the beginning of the great “War on Poverty”. Throwing trillions of dollars into social welfare programs undoubtedly helped many, but has not solved the problem of chronic poverty. Generation after generation have lived this way and it can’t go on! But, there is hope and that is what we are going to talk about today. There is a program in Charlotte that has made a good start at meaningful change. I believe this local Charlotte program called “A Better World” holds the key to unlocking the greatness of an entire generation of children and in the next few minutes, my guest Pastor Ken Gilliard and I are going to tell you how a simple after school program does this and how you can help.

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