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March 13, 2006

Art Show: "The Future of Children: Childhood Obesity"

The Future of Children, which is some sort of think tank at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, is running a photography exhibit on childhood obesity. In this country nearly one child in three is overweight or obese; although those terms are subject to intepretation, the rates have doubled in the last 30 years (I'll avoid the temptation to use expression like "weighty matter", "food for thought", "something to chew on", etc).

According to the website, "The photographers, Joan Liftin and Craig Terry, were commissioned to document the environment in our society which has contributed to the enormous problem of childhood obesity." Liftin's pictures are more direct than Terry's, but all are interesting (and it's Terry's picture above that I find the most compelling--the older girl is already completely under the thrall of the TV, but the younger girl is at the very instant of conversion, sitting facing away from the television but having just turned her head towards it, and you sense that the plastic rings that have just dropped from her fingers will henceforth go unplayed with for a long time, and she will soon--ugh, it's almost painful to consider--swing her feet around). The exhibit runs through March 31. You have to travel to Princeton to see it live, but you can look at the photo gallery to see the pictures online (there are 13 pictures in all).

Posted by AdamBa at March 13, 2006 10:03 PM

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If you haven't watched this documentary movie I really recommend you to do it : http://imdb.com/title/tt0390521/ ("Super Size Me").

Posted by: Ivan at March 15, 2006 11:45 PM

Counter propaganda is in order, I think.

Child: I want that bunny cereal! It looks fun!

Parent: You only want it because you have been tricked into falsely believing that there is a fundamental deficiency in your life by devious, moustache-twisting marketing types.

Posted by: freezio at March 16, 2006 07:18 AM