To fight childhood obesity, schools have been cracking down on the students' access to sweets / unhealthy things. There's a story in this week's People Magazine about a Texas elementary school's cafeteria with an automated cafeteria checkout system. The system reads a barcode on a child's ID and a scanner reads what's on the child's tray. Parents can go onto the school's website and find out what that child had for luch. The parents can also restrict what the child can get for lunch in the future. I like this idea. I think cutting out sweets all together is a tad too extreme. (One school in California had a girl celebrate her birthday with carrot sticks!) I don't think it should be up to the school what the child eats. I think that should be the responsibility of the parents. I also think that while it's good to teach kids to lose weight by eating healthily, I think it's not a good idea to be Spartan about the child's food. It's important to teach the child to enjoy their food, but in moderation.