Ag Department rules would ban most foods kids like from school

Yes, we have an obesity problem among our children. But it is unclear if high calorie, high fat foods are mostly to blame. Chips, soda, candy bars, and other snacks have been sold in schools for decades. The problem isn't so much what kids eat - especially since even nutritionists admit that children need more fat and calories than adults in their diet - but rather their lack of exercise. We have the most sedentary youth in the industrialized world and getting kids into healthy physical activities will go much farther in reducing their weight than any ban on candy bars. The rules, required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government's effort to combat childhood obesity. While many schools already have improved their lunch menus and vending machine choices, others still are selling high-fat, high-calorie foods. Under the proposal, the Agriculture Department would set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on almost all foods sold in...(Read Full Post)