Second Opinion: Sugar

Second Opinion: Sugar

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

What role does sugar play in the national obesity epidemic? Some consider sugar a reward for eating broccoli, others regard it as virtual poison. Find out what some communities are doing to confront sugar addiction in Second Opinion: Sugar airing Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Second Opinion is made possible in part by support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which has been the major funder since the series’ inception in 2004.



childhood obesity

While I greatly appreciated the two consensus panel recommendations of whole foods over processed foods to reduce sugar consumption, and changing eating habits as a family rather than as an individual (child), I was disappointed that there wasn't more discussion about the elephant in the room. Specifically, while school lunches have made recent nutritional strides, there is a long way to go. One of the ultimate teachable moments in school is the nutrition value of the meal they serve their students.

If the female panelist's recommendation of the parents "steering the ship" is followed, but that ship gets run aground by a sugar laden (and/or fat laden) school lunch, all is lost. I would like to know what the panelists might be doing to influence the schools in their communities, and also what advice they may have for parents who are dissatisfied with the lunch served by their school district.