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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/10/2006

Food for Thought

By Liz Kelly

Tonight I plan on parking myself in front of the TV (with some chopped veggies) to watch "Honey, We're Killing the Kids." And, no, it's not a follow-up to the 1989 Rick Moranis classic, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

Following in the footsteps of 2004's eye-opening documentary "Super Size Me," TLC's new series shines a much-need spotlight on the typical American diet. A diet that has been a recipe for disaster -- particularly for American children.

Over the course of the series, 13 families with children prone to junk food binges and hours parked in front of the TV re-learn strategies for healthy eating and exercise from nutrition expert Dr. Lisa Hark. The shock value part comes into play with the projections of what these hefty kids will look like, and experience, as adults. Computerized age projections reveal how a pudgy kid becomes an obese adult and parents are cautioned about the myriad obesity-related health problems their children will face.

Alarmist? Hardly. Considering some recent headlines, like the study in last week's issue of the journal "Pediatrics," which found that American children are increasingly too big to fit into standard child safety car seats. According to the American Obesity Association, "the percentage of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese is now higher than ever before."

All the more reason that this show and books like Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation" (also headed to the big screen) should be required watching for parents out there trying to win the battle with the junk food industry for their children's hearts and minds.

"Honey, We're Killing the Kids," debuts tonight at 9 ET on TLC. Want to be on a future show? Apply here.

By Liz Kelly  | April 10, 2006; 11:50 AM ET
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