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In D.C., Where Kids Live Sets Tone for Weight-Loss Success

Latrisha Avery knows losing weight could head off the diabetes that runs in her family. But the fifth-grader has a more immediate reason for her goal of losing 20 pounds before she starts middle school next year: So kids will stop calling her "King Kong."

By Steve Hendrix and Hamil R. Harris

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