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Obesity story not a balanced diet of facts

Peter S. AdlerThe Keystone Center

I would like to respond to the article that was published on June 16 regarding The Keystone Center Youth Policy Summit.We greatly appreciate Summit Daily News’ interest in the Youth Policy Summit, and are pleased to share the work of The Keystone Center and the talents and interests of this exceptional group of high school students.Unfortunately, your coverage was inaccurate in some parts and slanted in others.The corporate executives on the expert panel from Kraft Foods, The Coca Cola Company, Abbott and Cargill, are widely viewed as working hard and thoughtfully to address the multiple challenges of obesity.Your article only included quotes from them, which, taken out of context, give readers the impression that the companies they represent are insensitive or unresponsive to the problem.This is not at all accurate. These are companies that are actually working to solve the problems.All of the panelists spent many hours in candid and creative conversation with the students and readers would have been better served with a more balanced representation of that exchange. Additionally, several misrepresentations regarding the summit and its panelists were made that we need to clarify: — Dr. Rodger Steeper is an internal medicine specialist from Denver, and is not from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, as reported in the story. n Kraft Foods has in fact reduced sodium in Lunchables by 20 percent, and the 40 percent reduction in Oreos will be for saturated and trans fats, not total fats.– Kraft Foods does not make orange juice or water. It was Rhona Applebaum from The Coca-Cola Company who shared their company’s alternate beverages including juices and bottled water products.As a result of the summit, the 40 students from 10 high schools across the country came up with various suggestions to balance health, exercise and proper nutrition pursuant to obesity prevention and treatment.The resulting consensus report is forthcoming; written by the students, it provides innovative recommendations for eight major policy areas, including the food pyramid, changes in the school environment and advertising and marketing to children.These recommendations will be forwarded to thought leaders in the executive branch, the Congress and private and civic sectors.

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