‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Euphoria’ depict children and young adults grappling with their fears about a fast-changing world

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Ivy George (L) as Amabella and Laura Dern as Renata Klein in “Big Little Lies.” Photo: Jennifer Clasen/HBO

By Sonia Rao

The kids are anxious.

Can you blame them? In a nation inundated with news of mass shootings and the separation of migrant families, the youngest generation must also learn to cope with the debilitating knowledge that they will be the generation most affected by climate change, should it continue on the trajectory scientists believe it will take. In a report published in April by the Harvard Public Opinion Project, 46 percent of those 18 to 24 years old said climate change is “a crisis and demands urgent action.”

“Here’s this big situation that’s clearly getting worse, and that we didn’t start. We inherited it,” Lynn Bufka, associate director of practice research and policy at the American Psychological Association, said of what might run through a young adult’s mind. …

Children deserve more than we’re giving them. Immigration isn’t the only area in which that’s true.

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Migrants are gathered inside the fence of a makeshift detention center in El Paso on March 27. Photo: Sergio Flores for The Washington Post via Getty Images

By Alyssa Rosenberg

Highlights for Children, the venerable children’s magazine, tends to focus its moral lessons toward young readers. So it might have taken readers by surprise on Tuesday when its chief executive Kent Johnson issued a statement aimed at grown-ups, including the Goofus in the White House, condemning the Trump administration’s family separations and asking readers to advocate for detained immigrant children.

“Our company’s core belief, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that ‘Children are the world’s most important people.’ This is a belief about ALL children,” Johnson wrote. “…This is a plea for recognition that these are not simply the children of strangers for whom others are accountable. …

Prejudice against obesity can cost people their jobs and dignity

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Massachusetts may become the second state to add ‘weight’ to its list of protected categories. Photo: Oleg Elkov/iStock/Getty Images Plus

By Rebecca Puhl

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City obsessively monitored the weight of its waitresses, according to 22 of them who sued it in 2008. They would be suspended, for example, if they gained 7 percent more weight than they had when they were hired. But a New Jersey judge threw out the suit, explaining that state law was silent about weight discrimination. The state Supreme Court affirmed the decision three years ago.

A hospital in Victoria, Tex., made headlines in 2012 after it imposed a strict body mass index (BMI) limit on employees — 35, in the obese range, was the cutoff — citing patients’ expectations of what a health-care provider should look like. …


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