Daily Archives: December 19, 2003

Trimming the Fat on Kids

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Childhood obesity is epidemic in America. These days, fifteen percent of children are overweight, up from only four percent back in 1990. But beyond inciting teasing on the playground, obesity is wreaking havoc on kids’ health, causing such conditions as adult onset diabetes. Many medical experts now call it a disease.

They point to sedentary lifestyles, video games, and fast food as the main culprits, but solutions are hard to come by. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of a fat-blocking drug for teens that until now has only been prescribed for adults. But are drugs with serious side effects the way to go? Has America given up on the idea of exercise ?


Marc S. Jacobson, Division of Adolescent Medicine at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York

Caroline Apovian, director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center

David Ettenberg, owner of Camp Shane, a weight loss camp for children

The Arab World Without Saddam

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The reaction of the Arab world to the capture of Saddam Hussein has been mixed. For those who see Saddam as a hero, his humiliating defeat at the bottom of a spider hole, without even so much as a shot fired, adds insult to the injury caused by the American occupation.

For those who feared and hated him, news of his capture was met with expressions of relief, celebration, and joy. But for Arab and Muslim leaders in the region, especially those who preside over authoritarian and repressive regimes, the news has been quite unsettling. Examining the future of democracy and dictatorship in the Middle East, now that the lion of Araby roars no more.


Rami Khouri, Executive Editor, The Daily Star;
Fouad Ajami, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University