President’s Cancer Panel Releases Report That Supports Many Things I Believe and Espouse, Especially that It Is Unnecessarily Difficult to Have a Healthy Lifestyle in U.S.; Manages To Sound More Reasonable About It Than My Relentlessly Idealistic Self

Maybe it’s because they have Lance Armstrong on their panel that people take them seriously.

Anyhow, the report says the government:

  • "(should) require the elimination of unhealthy foods from school breakfast and lunch programs"
  • "must cease being a purveyor of unhealthy foods that lead to disease and increased health care costs."

They follow that up by putting forth crazy ideas like this (p. 106 of the report, available here – download the Annual Report for 2006-7.  A little light government report reading for the weekend.  Perfect for the beach.):

  • The leadership of this nation must summon the political will to coordinate U.S. agricultural subsidy and public health policy related to diet and nutrition to improve the food supply and help ensure that all people have access to affordable, healthy food.
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3 Responses to President’s Cancer Panel Releases Report That Supports Many Things I Believe and Espouse, Especially that It Is Unnecessarily Difficult to Have a Healthy Lifestyle in U.S.; Manages To Sound More Reasonable About It Than My Relentlessly Idealistic Self

  1. Emily says:

    It always burns me up when people say “We can’t take chicken nuggets out of the school lunch program; that’s all the kids eat!” or “We can’t serve vegetables; the kids won’t eat that!” While there is undoubtedly truth to these statements, it’s sort of like arguing one shouldn’t exercise because one gets short of breath from walking.
    We teach kids many things in school; one of them is that chicken nuggets and Cheez Whiz are legitimate forms of food. Kids are so susceptible to peer opinion, if you just made a big deal about “fancy food day” and served bake tofu almondine with fresh veggies from a nearby farm, you’d get twice as many takers as if you just said, “Just try it – it’s not as bad as you think.” Plant a couple of ringers (preferably “cool” kids) and you’re all set.
    Sometimes I think kids in America have too many choices and control the adults just by saying “I don’t wanna.” I’m all for empowering kids, but hunger strikes because you want toy food instead of vegetables are just ridiculous.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I’m with you – the kids will eat what they learn to eat. You know about the Edible Schoolyard project, right? http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/ It’s jut that idea – if kids are involved in it, they’ll accept it.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    I’m with you – the kids will eat what they learn to eat. You know about the Edible Schoolyard project, right? http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/ It’s just that idea – if kids are involved in growing it, they’ll accept it.

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