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Only in America: Unhelpful second helpings?

A government official suggests free school breakfasts are making poor kids fat — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A health department official has criticized a free-breakfast program for New York City schoolchildren, saying free food may make them obese. Health official Gretchen Van Wye said some kids were eating two breakfasts, which could make them fat. Anti-hunger activist Joel Berg called that concern "preposterous," saying that most poor kids had no breakfast, not two.