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Banning Soda in Schools

The DrHealth blog summarizes a new Nicholas Kristoff op-ed piece in the NY Times on health care reform. There are several ideas, one I like is getting rid of sodas in schools. And I know some people will object to this. But look at what has happened since NYC banned smoking in bars-- the city has started to get healthier according to the latest statistics.

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Thu. Feb 2, 10:47am

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I think this is a ludicrous proposition. We had coke, sprite, candy bars, - you name it - available in my school growing up, when the obesity problem was considered under control. If kids were encouraged to run it off vs. playing xbox, we wouldn't have to ban foods. Everything in moderation.

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 10:56 AM

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everything in moderation is the best thing for junk food producers. we don't usually support underage drinking in moderation, we don't support illicit drug use in moderation, why do we assume junk food is good in moderation? banning soda would be good- but they should also ban those energy drinks while they're at it. Cda is considering banning trans fats in foods- they should ban glucose-fructose at the same time.

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 11:58 AM

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My school also had them, but restricted access to before and after school (no soda/candy at lunch).

In many ways kids were a bit different. No one I knew was allowed to eat candy on a regular basis at home and so the machines weren't really visited that much. For the most part it really never occured to me that I even could eat candy on a regular basis - my parents didn't allow it and so I just didn't. I don't know that kids eat that much more candy today.

I was a very active kid and did not have a weight problem when I was younger. We ran, rode bikes, played games and swam all the time - TV was a rarity. To this day my dietary issues are not with sweets but rather a sedentary job and too much convenience food. I think that's likely the case with many of today's kids too.

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 12:00 PM

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I agree with the "Everything in Moderation" mantra...I live by it! But for kids, they just don't know how to moderate anything. Sure you can teach them, but taking soda machines and even fast food out of their schools is a sure way to set them up for success.

I graduated in 1995 and there were hardly any overweight students, now when you look around, there are hardly any average or even healthy weight students. Seriously, if you haven't noticed, go to the closest mall/shopping center and just check out the kids today...they are huge!!!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 12:03 PM

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At my elementary school, the only choice to drink was milk - skim, 2%, or chocolate. On special days, there was juice too. Before you could go buy "extras," like a fruit rollup or 1 cookie, the teachers checked your lunch bag or tray to be sure that you ate everything healthy first. Middle school was the same, but with a few more choices and a little less checking. High school had 1 soda machine, but definitely no candy bars, etc. There were rice krispie treats, single-serving bags of chips, and individual cookies. Also, there were french fries and plenty of fried entrees, but still, not just plain old candy. I graduated high school in 2000, so not that long ago! The obesity thing was already starting, but it wasn't what it is now. And we definitely didn't think that anything was missing! The only times you got "candy" in school was when a team was doing a fundraiser and selling candy bars.

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 12:06 PM

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