Health Groups Hope 'Hungry Caterpillar' Will Take A Bite Out Of Obesity

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CHICAGO — Two health groups are hoping a hungry caterpillar will take a bite out of childhood obesity.

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle tells about a caterpillar who munches his way through a variety of foods.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and a group affiliated with former President Bill Clinton hope to use the book to help kids make nutritious food choices and lead healthier lives.

The groups announced plans Tuesday to send more than 17,000 pediatricians special copies of the book, along with growth charts and parent handouts on healthy eating.

Dr. Marion Burton, head of the pediatrics academy, says the campaign can teach kids healthy habits and a love of reading.

The author says he hopes his caterpillar will be a happy reminder for kids to grow healthy.

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