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Feb 22, 2010 01:52 PM

Square Hot Dogs?

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!!!

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  1. I'd say any food that is particularly delicious poses a risk, too.

    So let's make all food for kids bland and square.

    My God, there is no stopping the Pleasure Police.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      OMG, I just realized, if food is square...
      They could poke their eyes out!!

    2. I think I saw the same report, and I also did a double-take on the implication that foods might be "redesigned" immediately below the list of dangerous foods including carrots and grapes. ONLY SKINNY CARROTS ALLOWED!

      Like other parents, I simply cut the food up into skinny pieces.

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      1. re: DGresh

        Skinny carrots only?
        But that's discriminating against the fat carrots -- or, shall we say, amply-circumferenced carrots -- and thus promoting body image problems and eating disorders in today's oh-so-impressionable children.


      2. We have never lived in a greater time. So many wonderful people out there to "watch out" for us and especially "for the children".

          1. I read the article as well. First off, I agree that it is ridiculous to call for a redesign. Mother Nature ain't gonna change grapes, and we shouldn't either. I always cut up foods that are questionable for my kids. My almost-6 yr old still prefers hot dogs cut up. Fine by me.

            That said, my SIL works the ER, and lost a 4 or 5 year old patient due to choking on a hot dog. The parents were right there. I think as parents sometimes we get complacent, or just don't do it. SIL's story made me much more aware of the size/shape of food on my kids' plates, even now, years later.