We're fat and we're raising fat kids.
Case in point: The nursing staff at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services recently purchased two scales that can each weigh a person up to 400 pounds. Pause for a moment and picture just how big that is. And then consider that agency officials felt it was necessary to buy two.
Something wasn't quite right.
Linda DeSmet was gaining weight but couldn't figure out why. Then she started getting short of breath with the slightest bit of exertion. Yet it was her sister who insisted she get checked out. It's a good thing she did.
"I was having congestive heart failure," says DeSmet.