Letter: Ulman's legislation does not addresses childhood nutrition

December 27, 2012

The current dietary problems in our country include the habit of compulsive eating, and a food supply of low-nutritional content, especially among children. Ulman's recent legislation to reduce sugar and fat content from drinks in county vending machines has been described as a heavy-handed tactic to address dietary concerns affecting children.

Several points show that this is patently false. If this legislation were meant to address dietary problems among children, the first place of action would be in the county schools.  However, it is our schools where Ulman's ban of drinks with high sugar and fat is exempt.

Furthermore, if the county had any interest in addressing compulsive eating, they would not be putting vending machines in places that have a tradition of banning food and drinks, such as libraries. Lastly, the proposal to water-down the drinks that are found at the machines in effect decreases what little nutritional content they have.

The net effect is that Ulman's legislation does the very thing it is claiming to combat: it enables compulsive eating and drinking of low nutritional drinks and snacks.

Joan Pontius

Ellicott City

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