When I was a child growing up in Boston, I remember there was always some place for us to play basketball, baseball and football or to run. The Boy's Club or YMCA was always open, and many of us would go there after school and do our homework, watch TV, play pool or ping pong, swim, play basketball, etc. There where also recreational centers that where open every day, and a lot of kids, practically lived in these places. A fat or obese boy or girl was not something you would see very much of back then.
Now everywhere you look there is some poor overweight child struggling with his or her weight. When I lived in Boston, Washington and Alexandria, Va., there where always places to go and work out. Since moving to Baltimore County, I've discovered that you better know how to play tennis because all of the basketball courts are dismantled. The rims are not the only thing missing, but also the backboards.