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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 06, 2012 7:20 AM

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Schools should provide healthier cuisine

I believe The Daily Iowan Editorial Board was correct when it wrote: "Even though the poor are disproportionately at risk of malnutrition, they are 70 percent more likely to be obese."

It's disappointing when healthy foods cost more than junk food. How can a family from the lower class be able to afford a $5 gallon of milk or one green pepper for more than $1? I'm a financially challenged college student who wants to eat healthily. If I were to go to McDonald's and order a value meal, it would be less expensive than a gallon of milk.

This incident reminded me of a documentary I watched about a poor family living in their car. Instead of going to the grocery store, the family always ordered from the dollar menu at fast-food restaurant because they couldn't afford to buy healthy foods from the grocery store. The parents in the documentary admitted they were concerned about their children's health. However, they had to provide their children with food somehow, and unfortunately, that was their most affordable option.

Therefore, in order to eliminate obesity I encourage schools to provide healthy whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, along with lean meats in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Brittany Gruning
Northridge, Calif.


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