Sen. Coburn not alone in his view that school lunches cause diabetes 

Liberals are screaming online about Republican Sen. Tom Coburn's remarks earlier in the health care summit -- that the government is creating new diabetes cases every day through the school lunch and food stamp programs. But the view expressed by Coburn -- a medical doctor -- is not nearly as controversial as you may think.

Consider this op-ed from the New York Times last February, written by two advocates of increased funding for the school lunch program:

Launched in 1946 as a public safety net, [the National School Lunch Program] has turned out to be a poor investment. It should be redesigned to make our children healthier...

On top of [reimbursements], schools are entitled to receive commodity foods that are valued at a little over 20 cents per meal. The long list of options includes high-fat, low-grade meats and cheeses and processed foods like chicken nuggets and pizza. Many of the items selected are ready to be thawed, heated or just unwrapped — a necessity for schools without kitchens. Schools also get periodic, additional “bonus” commodities from the U.S.D.A., which pays good money for what are essentially leftovers from big American food producers...

Cash-strapped parents should be able to rely on the government to contribute to their children’s physical well-being, not to the continued spread of youth obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other diet-related problems.

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David Freddoso

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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