was excited and impressed reading about the plans for a new children's
hospital ("Chicago Journal," February/01) until I got
to "...and a McDonald's in the food court." This decision
signifies a complete lack of insight about the nutritional needs
of children. It condones the over-feeding and under-nourishing
culture in our country, which will be shown to have a profoundly
detrimental effect on our society.
institution like the University of Chicago has a responsibility
to lead the way toward a new health paradigm and not blindly follow
W. Meyer, MD'47
to a Medical Center spokesperson, it's now unlikely that there
will be a McDonald's in the food court of the new pediatric hospital.
The overwhelming emphasis will be on healthful food choices, but
there will also be fast-food offerings for the convenience of
families and visitors and to offer children who prefer such items
occasional access to foods that are familiar to them.-Ed.