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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
And do the children eat the food that we ought to have?

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
Yes, they eat too much carbohydrate and not enough protein, the average school-child in America.

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
One idea that I've heard suggested was that a person who is normally thin and a person who is normally fat ought to order the foods they like and then exchange. Would that work, do you think, Dr. Stearns, in some of these cases?

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
Well I think if the person who's normally thin is lucky, he probably has better dietary habits than the person who's normally fat. Although a stocky-build person, who has a big frame, is always going to need much more food. But Americans, adult Americans, all, practically, all overeat.

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
But that doesn't really apply--

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
And under-exercise.

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
That's, that's the adults. But the children actually--

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
The children will be much more active, with a good diet. You see, I come from a farm-state. And any farmer can tell you-- [[cross-talk]]

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
Iowa. [[cross-talk]]

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
Iowa, yes. Any farmer can tell you, he watches his protein supplements, very carefully, with his animals. Unfortunately, many of them watch more carefully with the animals than they do with their children. And that is equally true of city people. They don't seem, they think as long as a child is full, that's all that matters.

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
Would you advocate, Dr. Stearns, that you ought to pay as much attention to your children as your livestock?

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{SPEAKER name="Genevieve Stearns"}
Certainly. [[laughter]]

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
Because, after all, they are one of the great resources. The human resources are extremely important in this country. And it seems to me that the kind of research that you're carrying on so long and so intensively, and so effectively, is very important in order that mothers and fathers can know how best to feed their children.

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{SPEAKER name="Watson Davis"}
Well, thank you very much, Dr. Stearns. Our Adventures in Science guest today has been Dr. Genevieve Stearns, research professor at the School of Medicine at the State University of Iowa.




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