We knew our kids were fat, Cleveland. Now we're finding out just how fat.
According to numbers out last week, 40% of fifth-graders in "inner-ring schools" in Cleveland are overweight or obese. We can get into the details in a second, but to boil it down quick and dirty: Science says almost half of our kids are fat.
Think about that the next time you send your kid off to school with three Polish boys and a pound of macaroni and cheese for lunch. (We're just guessing, but the evidence seems to suggest that's what parents are packing their kids for lunch these days in Cleveland. Right? How else do half of our kids become clinically overweight?)
The Plain Dealer reports that those numbers put Cleveland over the national average of around 33%.