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Halloween defies push for healthy habits Some families rethink traditional glut of sweets

By Martine Powers and Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / October 29, 2011

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As awareness grows about the childhood obesity epidemic nationwide, child health advocates are advising parents to restrict their children’s candy intake on Halloween, perhaps the most sugar-oriented holiday of the year. But local parents seem to have one response: Yeah, right. While they work to ensure that their children are eating healthfully the rest of the year, many parents believe Halloween is sacred ground. Candy, they say, is just part of the tradition.

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