Massachusetts Approves Stricter School Nutrition Rules

July 14, 2011

Massachusetts has decided to ban foods with artificial sweeteners, fried foods and limit the amount of fat, sodium, and sugar trans fats, and caffeine from schools' a la carte lines, vending machines, stores, events and fundraisers, according to The Boston Globe.

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Editor’s Insight: The new rules in Massachusetts are reportedly among the strictest in the country, which means there is a good chance that other states will eventually adopt similar rules. The food industry has no choice but to support these measures in whatever way it can. Government at all levels is being pressured to do more to combat rising obesity as obesity rates continue to climb.

This site reported on 07-08-11 that Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan advocacy group, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that adult obesity rates have increased in 16 states in the past year and not one state reported a drop in obesity. 07-14-11