In the most ridiculous news I have heard in a while, the AAP is calling for a redesign of the hot dog!!!
Dr. Gary A. Smith, of the AAP, apprently has to justify a government grant to have come up with this bit of logic.
“Any food that has a cylindrical or round shape poses a risk,” he pointed out. Smith said that hot dogs were high on the list of foods that could be redesigned — perhaps the shape, although he said it would be up to the manufacturers to figure out the specifics.
Seriously! Maybe doctors need to instruct parents in the proper way to supervise a child's meal including teaching their children to 1) take small bites, 2) chew thoroughly, and 3) eat slowly. Oh, and actually sitting with them while they are eating would help too!
I love the response from the president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council:
“As a mother who has fed toddlers cylindrical foods like grapes, bananas, hot dogs and carrots, I ‘redesigned’ them in my kitchen by cutting them with a paring knife until my children were old enough to manage on their own,” she said.
Yeah, I can see Dr. Smith attacking the shape of grapes and bananas next!!!