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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Calorie Camera: Should Children's Lunch Choices be Recorded?

From That's Fit:
Childhood obesity is definitely a current health hot topic. In the United States, where obesity among kids has increased exponentially in the last 30 years, much of the discourse has centered around the nutrition that children receive while at school. As many schools alter their lunch menus and even debate banning cafeteria staples such as chocolate milk, Texas elementary schools are taking a different approach.

Using federal funding, elementary schools in San Antonio have begun installing 'calorie cameras' which photograph the lunch trays of every student that passes by them. The images are then analyzed and each child's calorie-intake is tracked. Students are aware that they are being monitored and all data is given over to the parents, as well as being used by researchers.

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