Your recent editorial, "County campaign against sugary drinks goes too far," is way off the mark.
On behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics Maryland Chapter and our almost 900 members statewide, I want to support Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for setting strong nutritional standards for the beverages sold on county property. Consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to obesity and the chronic diseases that are killing most Marylanders. Because of Mr. Ulman's actions, food and drinks served to young people by county departments in after-school programs, recreation and parks programs, in county parks and in county libraries will now be more healthy. In our view, Mr. Ulman's actions should be copied statewide.
Your pediatrician sees firsthand the impact of childhood obesity. More and more children are being diagnosed with adult-like diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. We recommend that parents speak to their pediatricians if they have questions regarding their child's weight. Parents who want to set their children on the right path to a healthy life will do their best to avoid bringing sugary drinks into the home and support public policies that make the healthy choice, the easy choice to make.
Working together, we can once again raise new generations of healthy adults.
Scott Krugman, MD FAAP
President, Maryland Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun