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  • Published reports say that both the Chicago Public School System and the New Haven Public School System plan to remove soft drinks and foods considered to be unhealthy from on-campus vending machines.

  • The Houston Chronicle reports that a number of Texas companies - Belle Brook Farms, Springerhill Ranch and Nolan Ryan's All Natural Tender Aged Beef - are developing beef products that “rely on naturally lean breeds of cattle” or use “scientific dietary practices” to ensure a leaner beef product that “ounce for ounce has less fat and cholesterol than a skinless chicken breast.”

  • USA Today reports that one way in which the nation’s schmatte retailers are dealing with childhood obesity issues is to make clothes in bigger sizes – with companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Gap, Old Navy and The limited offering “expanded sizes” in kids’ apparel.

KC's View:
Having grown up wearing what the retailer used to call “husky” sizes, we have an intimate knowledge of what it is like to be restricted to one end of the rack.

The thing is, we’re not sure what the approach is. Have only regular-sized clothes that force kids to lose weight if they actually want to have decent outfits to wear to school? Or have clothes that fit them, acknowledging that not everyone is going to have a “normal” body?

One of our continuing concerns about the publicity about childhood obesity is that the wrong approach can create a nation of bulemic and anorexic kids – and that is something we definitely won’t want. We have a close relative who went through that and was eventually hospitalized so she could deal with that particular problem…and that’s no easy path.