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Addiction is not simply a state of mind in all cases. Some drugs actually alter the brain. You're an intelligent person but I think some more research might need to be done with regards to addiction. It's something I have seen first hand. It's not as simple as "give up if you want to". I assume you have never been addicted to anything. Try telling an alcoholic, smoker or even a heroin addict that it's a state of mind. Many want to quit but cannot because the need for their substance of choice is too strong. Some people need to exercise far more than others in order to lose weight. The same applies to some people who are hugely skinny despite leading a "slob" lifestyle. Obesity isn't just as simple as input, output sometimes. I wasn't talking about food technology lessons. I was talking about science lessons in primary schools. They teach children the main food groups and teach them which ones to have in moderation and which ones to eat a lot of. Your statement about it being tantamount to child cruelty is probably true in some cases. This can not be attributed to every case though.