Good for you hun, you are teaching your kids well in spite of everything. I would love to say that things are very different here in the Uk, sadly, they are not.
Obesity is positively encouraged, as in, if you won't do the work yourself you are on the list for a gastric band once your BMI reaches 50. Instead of being encouraged to lose weight naturally through diet and exercise, people are encouraged to go for the 'quick fix' by eating more and getting fatter so that they qualify for GB.
We all know it won't work in the long term, but no one seems to care.
The story about the chubby little one who doesn't want to walk anywhere strikes a note too.
I applaud you Almeeker, and never mind gaining all your weight back for that cannonball, just put bricks in your swimsuit!