In One Eye

Monday, May 23, 2005
 
The abominations in Iraq continue, but Connecticut seems obsessed with health issues this morning.
Connecticut is on the verge of adopting the most far-reaching ban in the country on soda and junk food in public schools, in an effort to curb rising rates of childhood obesity ...

"Connecticut would be the first state to apply those standards to high schools," said Margo Wootan, director of nutritional policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Most of the recently passed policies are limited in that they only apply to elementary and middle schools."

Last week, lawmakers in the House voted 88-55 after an eight-hour debate to pass a law banning soda and junk food in cafeterias, vending machines and school stores. It also requires 20 minutes of physical activity outside of gym for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The bill heads to the Senate next week where leaders expect it to pass.
I personally think this is pretty stupid, but it's typical of do-gooding legislators failing to think through possible ramifications of what appears to be no-brainer legislation. We saw this in the ill-begotten NCLB, and now it looks like the state's paternalistic legislature is going to do the same kind of thing with the very food that people eat.

I'm waiting for fat-laden cheeseburgers to be banned in school cafeterias.

On another note, a new study suggests that perhaps sunscreen isn't as necessary as previously thought.
After years of telling people to wear sunscreen when they're out in the sun, the medical community is beginning to think -- thanks to recent studies -- that maybe some time out in the sun may actually be good for you.

The reason? Vitamin D.

The vitamin, which is made in the human skin by ultraviolet rays, is increasingly viewed by scientists as an anti-cancer agent. In four studies released in the past few months, the vitamin has been found to protect against lymphoma, prostate, colon, lung and skin cancer ...

[M]any scientists believe that "safe sun" -- 15 minutes or so a few times a week without sunscreen -- is not only possible but helpful to health.
So now, the great carcinogen seems actually to prevent various kind of cancers.

All the more reason to think that Connecticut's legislators are acting precipitately. Who knows? In due time, it might be determined that Coca-Cola and Snickers are good for one's health.