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Intern's NYT Letter to the Editor

Summer intern Kasey Wien responds to a NYT article on childhood obesity.

Summer intern Kasey Wien submitted the following letter to the NYT editorial board. While it was not published, we thought it was excellent and are sharing it here.

July 7, 2016
 
Dear New York Times Editors,
 
My name is Kasey Wien and I am a student at Duke University and intern at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University (Tisch Food Center). Below is my letter to the editor regarding Jane Brody's "The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity" (Well, July 5). Thank you for your time and consideration!

Addressing childhood obesity is imperative. However, Ms. Brody missed an opportunity to promote systemic changes that could help families eat well. It is challenging for any parents, particularly those with limited resources, to raise healthy children or follow the “5210” program. Healthy foods can be expensive or inaccessible, preparing them can be time-consuming, and working parents cannot always supervise their children’s play time. Add to that the rampant marketing and accessibility of junk food, and well-intentioned advice falls short.

We must instead make the healthy choice the easy choice. We must maintain and strengthen policies that make healthy food accessible and affordable, like SNAP, WIC, school meals, and farmers’ market incentive programs. We must promote nutrition and food education like cooking classes, tastings, and gardening. 

To make healthy habits attainable, we need to stop telling parents what they already know, recognize the barriers they face, and start changing this country’s food environment.

 KASEY WIEN

New York, NY

Published Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Intern's NYT Letter to the Editor

Summer intern Kasey Wien submitted the following letter to the NYT editorial board. While it was not published, we thought it was excellent and are sharing it here.

July 7, 2016
 
Dear New York Times Editors,
 
My name is Kasey Wien and I am a student at Duke University and intern at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University (Tisch Food Center). Below is my letter to the editor regarding Jane Brody's "The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity" (Well, July 5). Thank you for your time and consideration!

Addressing childhood obesity is imperative. However, Ms. Brody missed an opportunity to promote systemic changes that could help families eat well. It is challenging for any parents, particularly those with limited resources, to raise healthy children or follow the “5210” program. Healthy foods can be expensive or inaccessible, preparing them can be time-consuming, and working parents cannot always supervise their children’s play time. Add to that the rampant marketing and accessibility of junk food, and well-intentioned advice falls short.

We must instead make the healthy choice the easy choice. We must maintain and strengthen policies that make healthy food accessible and affordable, like SNAP, WIC, school meals, and farmers’ market incentive programs. We must promote nutrition and food education like cooking classes, tastings, and gardening. 

To make healthy habits attainable, we need to stop telling parents what they already know, recognize the barriers they face, and start changing this country’s food environment.

 KASEY WIEN

New York, NY

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