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Series Website: shiftingthebalance.nhpr.orgShifting the Balance is a station-wide series focused on the positive impact environmental and policy changes can have on the fight against obesity in schools, workplaces, and communities. While so much of the national conversation about obesity focuses on the effect of personal choice, NHPR’s reporters and producers are examining what happens when the choices themselves are changed. Shifting the Balance will present stories of how personal habits, including exercise and consumption, can be improved when even simple changes are made to an individual’s environment, including infrastructure, available food, and the support of leaders and innovators across the culture.

Pudgy Kids, Anemic Policies

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A new investigative report from Reuters says that the White House has fallen woefully short in the battle against childhood bulge. Here to tell us more is Duff Wilson investigative reporter and associate editor at Reuters in New York, He co-wrote "How Washington went soft on childhood obesity" and we spoke to him as part of our continuing series, Shifting the Balance.