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Understanding the Paradox and the Need: Taking on Hunger and Obesity in America

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Intended to nourish 60 milUon children, school nutrition programs often rely on staples such as government-subsidized pizza, high-fat hamburgers, fat-laden french fries, and chicken nuggets. The new secretary of agriculture has said he will put "nutrition at the center of all food-assistance programs," a hopeful signal to anti-hunger groups that he will get personally involved when Congress moves to reauthorize the nutrition programs supporting school breakfasts and lunches, as well as summer feeding programs for children. A 2006 report issued by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists estimated the cost of treating diabetes complications at $22.9 billion, averaging $10,000 per person, with the patient paying $1,600 ofthat amount These are costs our nation can avoid by promoting good nutrition.

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