“I can’t do that!” he gasped.
“Why not?” I asked.
“My dad never eats fries. And he’s the strongest man in the world.”
I bit my tongue. I ordered a side of fries, and as I ate a few I explained to my son that extremes of behavior are not the best approach, especially with eating, and that for a growing boy of 10, who is underweight and actively involved in several sports, a French fry now and then is a good idea.