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Letter: Childhood obesity is good for business

Patrick Hunter

The chairwoman of the Pitkin County Republicans recently wrote that civil discourse is lacking in complaints about Republican policies and actions. I thought it might be useful to pick some of these policies and treat them one by one.

In a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, two pediatricians write about the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This bill, passed under the then Democratically controlled Congress, sets new healthier requirements for school lunches by requiring fresh, unprocessed foods. The past poor diet has caused an epidemic in obesity in the nation’s children.

Shocking news: The current House of Representatives has recommended waivers for schools to go back to the old standards. It seems that the food industry (manufactured food) is unhappy. They have offered a number of reasons, such as an increase in food waste, which have all been debunked.

The bottom line: Fresh, healthy food means less profit for the food industry. Unhappy food company executives mean less campaign money for Republican politicians.

Childhood obesity is good for business. On the scale of one to 10, on the civil discourse meter, how should we rate choosing childhood obesity and overall poor health over fewer corporate profits?

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