Slacker and Steve - OPP: Overweight Neighbor (Audio)

June 5, 2017

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Here's today's OPP:


Yi Slacker and Steve,

I know you guys do a lot with Children’s Hospital and care about kids, so I figured I’d send you my OPP and see what you thought. I moved into my new house at the beginning of last summer. I met everyone in the neighborhood including the people next door and they are all really nice. The neighbors have an 11 year old son that is overweight. I don’t mean he’s a little husky either. I’ve noticed that he can't keep up when the other kids are playing and he even has to sit on the sideline most of the time. It’s sad because you can see that he wants to play and just can’t. More often than not, I see him out there carrying a soda or a bag of chips. I’m worried he’s never going to live a normal life if he doesn’t change now. I know they probably won’t take it well, but should I go talk to his parents? Do they even realize they are basically killing their son by feeding him junk and teaching him bad habits? Should I try to take the boy under my wing and teach him how to be healthy myself? I can’t stand to watch this young man’s life already be thrown away. What should I do? –Lauren


What do you think Lauren should do?