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Are you there God? It's me, Debbie Downer

So it turns out the friendly Eric Carle story we all loved as kids isn't as friendly as we thought. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is the peg of a new anti-obesity campaign for children. What else can we learn about our bodies and workouts from children's literature?

Updated: April 8, 2011, 10:47 AM ET
By Leslie Goldman

Remember "The Very Hungry Caterpillar?" That famished little larvae fueled himself with all sorts of delicious, health food: A single red apple one day; two green pears the next; three tasty purple plums the day after. Yes, Mr. Caterpillar was an antioxidant machine. Until Day 6, when he cracked under society's pressure to look perfect in bikini briefs and binged on chocolate cake, ice cream, cheese, salami, cherry pie, sausage and a lollipop. Fatty.

Hey -- don't look at me! I'm ...

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