The Pantagraph editorial "School lunch rules hard to bend" quoted an area nutritionist who said, "If students don't eat the food, we're not helping them." True.

However, I am somebody who is lucky to finally make progress towards reducing my obesity — someone who got to eat all the pizza he wanted to in high school back in the ancient 1980s. And I would suggest that nutritionists have an absolute obligation to provide the healthiest choices that students will eat. Not teaching them that high carbs/high sugars in all-you-can-pay-for buffets are good major parts of a meal plan.

Maybe we should be grateful that the era of forcing brussels sprouts on children is over but that doesn't mean that pure junk food — like extra-sugared, flavored milks need to be on the menu either. 

And postscript: School meals were originally intended to ensure those who didn't have the resources for enough good food nevertheless got healthy options while in school — not flavor bars catering to the whim of American gluttonic tastes or sugar marketers. That should be "hard to bend."

Darren Erickson, Bloomington

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