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“Fewer than one in 10 children walk or bike to school now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty years ago, more than two-thirds did.”

“With fewer children than ever getting enough exercise, 13 percent of kids between 6 and 11 are overweight.”

“If you want to go back to the school and toss a Frisbee with your friends, if you want to go shopping, if you want to see a movie, the only way to get anywhere is for mom or dad to drive you there. You can imagine by the time a child is 14 or 15 years old and still not ready to drive, the last thing in the world that child wants is to have to depend on mom and dad for a ride everywhere. That's a developmental stage where a little bit of independence is important. It's also a stage by which children need to have developed navigational skills, and the way children get those skills is to practice. Children need to get out by themselves and figure out how to get around.”

“Children as young as six are developing breathing problems, irreversible biological changes and type 2 diabetes, a disease previously only seen in overweight, middle-aged adults. Obesity rates have doubled among children, trebled in women and quadrupled for men in the past 20 years, according to the expert working party. The report - published by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Faculty of Public Health - painted a stark picture of the problem.”

“If the left side of the face has more wrinkles, crags and blotches, the patients are drivers. If it's the right side, they're passengers. That's right. Sitting in traffic day in and day out doesn't just put stress on our hearts and fill our lungs with dangerous fumes. Now experts are saying it also causes our skin to age prematurely, and it may even lead to skin cancer.”