Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in an ongoing Next Avenue series about one Minnesota man’s lifelong struggle with obesity and what he’s learned since deciding to confront it through weight-loss surgery. In a game-show style segment, teams were asked to answer questions, including how much the rate of childhood obesity has multiplied in the past 30 years. But when weight maintenance or weight loss is the goal, some healthy eats—which I reveal below—reign supreme. Still, there are reasons for optimism, said Kevin D. Look for this inspirational book nationwide starting in September 2008. These include incorporating more physical activity into the lifestyle, bulking up on fruits and vegetables for filling calories, eating lean proteins and whole grains, exercising portion control, and monitoring eating habits with a journal. Especially when I can no longer satisfy PMS cravings with a bag of Salt & Pepper Kettle Chips and a pint of Phish Food.