Child Nutrition Bill Watered Down in Committee

Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo Wootan

March 10, 2004

Just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that obesity is about to overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death, the U.S. House of Representatives passed out of the Education and Workforce committee a child nutrition bill that does little to address childhood obesity.

The Committee defeated an amendment that would have given the Department of Agriculture the authority to get junk food like soda, candy, and potato chips out of schools. Also, milk is by far the biggest source of saturated fat in children's diets, but the Committee voted to prohibit school districts from offering only low-fat milk if that's what they want to do.

It's time that Members of Congress worried less about upsetting various food and agribusiness concerns and worried more about our kids' health.


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