Trouble on A tray

Trouble on A tray

There are 8 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 4, 2008, titled Trouble on A tray. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

For me, it was the last straw. As a physician, I've worried for years about how common obesity and diet-related diseases are becoming among our nation's young people.

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Waldorf, MD

#1 Aug 4, 2008
Fabulous op-ed. Great points. I would add one more recommendation: Many kids (especially African-American, Hispanic, and Asian kids) are lactose intolerant and suffer from all kinds of digestive ills from drinking cow's milk. These kids should have easy access to soy and rice milk.

Unfortunately, the dairy industry has had a stranglehold on the government for years and in many cases kids can't get rice or soy milk with their subsidized school lunch without a doctor's or parent's note. That's a lot to ask of a kid. They don't like to be different.

In addition, some kids don't want to drink milk because they don't want to eat any animal products (out of concern for animals or the environment or their religion). We should honor these kids and make sure they always have a choice!

Baltimore, MD

#2 Aug 4, 2008
Yeah, let's throw away more Federal money to cure a personal responsibility problem.

Like everything else in education, what worked just fine in past decades seems to be failing now, so let's not have the students change. Let's change the system.

Let's make them bring their own lunch, and then it's not our problem.
Truth Squad

Arlington, VA

#3 Aug 4, 2008
This is ANIMAL RIGHTS PROPAGANDA. The author's organization is a PETA front group. See for info.

Since: Jun 08

Baltimore, MD

#4 Aug 4, 2008
When I was in school I didn't eat the school lunch because it was vile swill. It wasn't the nature of the food, it was the quality. For healthy choices to make a difference, they have to be edible.

"Personal responsibility" is a pretty freakin' stupid response, BTW. If you eat one meal a day in a school cafeteria, and your only choices are deep-fried this and batter-coated that, how are you supposed to exercise "personal responsibility" over your diet?

Or should we simply eliminate the school lunch (and breakfast) program entirely, which has ensured that poor children get at least two good meals a day? Make the cycle of poverty even worse, since hungry children are suffer academically? How, precisely, does this help the situation?

Oh, that's right -- it's the kid's own d--n fault for being poor. Next time she'll exercise better "personal responsibility" by being born to wealthier parents.

United States

#5 Aug 4, 2008
I absolutely agree! Our schools shouldn't be filling our children's bodies with garbage.

United States

#6 Aug 4, 2008
Many of the people opposed to this piece are either part of the meat industry or the deceptively named Center for Consumer Freedom -- which gets its funds from the meat industry.

Silver Spring, MD

#7 Aug 4, 2008
It’s unquestionably true that we need to take personal responsibility for what we put in our children’s mouths. It’s also essential to consider that for innumerable Americans healthy foods are not accessible and affordable. This clearly must change. As a society, we need to correct the systemic cause of the childhood obesity and diabetes epidemics by making healthy foods more available—but giving Lipitor to children is absurd!

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