What to do when your son worries he’s getting fat? My son has begun to come home from his weekends with his father terrified of certain foods. Fattening foods, mostly. Unhealthy foods In a country where childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years, and where one in three Latino children are obese (according to the Centers for Disease Control) you’d think this would make me happy. It does not. Here’s why.