Did everyone see the reforms being made to school lunches across the country? There are some interesting, and to me disturbing, comments posted in response to the article. Many people are posting about a child’s right to eat what they want, and about this not being the answer to the childhood obesity problem. In response to the first part of that, I disagree strongly. And that is all I will say about that, unless there are people who want to discuss it further. As to the second point, I think they are absolutely right. This in itself is not the answer. Among other things, physical education programs need to become more of a priority again, and parents need to do their part at home. But I personally am thrilled that our government, which has been so ineffective of late, has taken a positive step to change this growing epidemic. The effects of childhood obesity are devastating and far-reaching. Self-esteem issues, childhood onset diabetes, long-term health problems, and an increased strain on an already thinly stretched healthcare system are just a few such effects. When is the last time you have seen our government spend money on a program that had potential for long term psychological, health AND financial benefits? The backlash has, to be completely honest, astounded me. That being said, I do understand that people are much more likely to be vocal about their complaints than their compliments-myself included. So what are your thoughts? I would be especially interested in hearing the opinion of some parents, since that is a viewpoint I do not personally have, although as always all comments are welcome!