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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 12, 1987- Page7

Doctors: Kids consume
too much cholesterol

By the Associated Press
CHICAGO - Almost two-thirds
of white children and three-quarters
of black children consumed too
much cholesterol in their diets,
suggesting that they may be at risk
for heart disease later in life, a study
says.
"The basis of racial difference in
cholesterol intake may be due to the
type of milk introduced during in-
fancy," the study's authors wrote in
a supplement to the November issue
of Pediatrics, journal of the suburban
Chicago-based American Academy of
Pediatrics.
White children generally drank
more cow's milk than blacks, most
of whom at 6 months and 1 year of
age consumed a milk-based formula,
the researchers found.
Early identification of people at
U.S. rejects
talks with
Nicaragua
(continued from Page 1)
who said that Reagan had laid out
strict conditions for re-opening
diplomatic contacts with Sandinista
officials.
In a speech Monday, Reagan had
said that he would agree to open dis-
cussions with Nicaragua only if
other Central American leaders are
present and if the Sandinista gov-
ernment shows serious intent in
pending cease-fire negotiations with
the Contras.
Ortega said that although
Nicaragua has taken a number of
steps to meet its commitments under
the regional peace agreement he
signed last August, the United States
has undercut the accord by sending
weapons and other equipment to 140
resupply flights to the country's
Contra rebels since then.
He said the weapons include
ground-to-air missiles which are
threatening domestic and interna-
tional air traffic in Nicaragua.

risk for heart disease may eventually
lead to a better approach to preven-
tion, the authors wrote.
"Diet has been recognized as an
important environmental determinant
of cardiovascular disease risk. Con-
sequently, alteration of eating habits
in early childhood may delay or pre-
vent cardiovascular disease develop-
ment," they wrote.
The findings stem from an ongo-
ing study of 440 infants from birth
through age 7 in Bogalusa, La., a
biracial community outside New
Orleans.
The researchers, primarily from
the Louisiana State University Med-
ical Center, also found that saturated
fat, which increases the body's
cholesterol level, made up 37 percent
to 47 percent of total fat intake in all
children studied.

The American Academy of Pedi-
atrics recommends that saturated fat
make up no more than 33 percent of
a child's daily fat intake.
Without a change in eating
habits, the Bogalusa children likely
would become high risks for devel-
oping heart disease later in life, said
Dr. Gerald Berenson, head of the
university medical school's cardiol-
ogy section.
The Bogalusa findings could ap-
ply to the general population, he
said in a telephone interview
Wednesday.
UM News in
The Daily
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Famed eat eelebrates birthday

;(continued from Page 3)
as more liberal. "Right now we're
in a fish era. The '60s would be like
a cat era... If the U.S. were to
intervene (today) in The Cat in the
Hat, it would take the fish's side."
RC sophomore Pamela Galpern
said the book is as significant today
as it was when first published in
1957 because, "It's not sexist. Most
children's books, especially back
then, presented a passive,
submissive woman."
While most responses to The
Cat in the Hat are positive, RC
creative writing prof. Carolyn
Balducci said she finds Dr. Seuss
books "abominable."
"I wonder if he's sane... his
rhyming is jibberish and forced...
When I look at the words, I just
want to vomit," she said. "The
artwork appeals to the lowest
common denominator in art."
Balducci realizes that her feelings
towards Dr. Seuss' work put her in a
minority of readers, but she said his
books are "a real statement about

what Seuss thinks about America.
He thinks we're all vulgar and stupid
and we are - we buy his books by
the millions."
Seuss, born Theodore Seuss
Geisel, has sold more than 100
million copies of his different books
in 17 different languages.
Balducci never teaches The Cat
in the Hat in her Creative Writing
for Children and Young Adults
class, but she said that spirit and
good moral background are strong
points in his work.
"I'd like (the Cat)'if he was a
nice kid," said Daniel, a first-grader
at Angell Elementary School.
But Annie, also a first-grader at
Angell, said that if the Cat came
into her house, "I would hit him in
the face... 'cause he's bad... 'cause
he's messy."
Children enjoyed discussing the

Cat's character, but first-grade
teacher Bonnie George said the
book's rhyming words and rhythmic
verse are whait really appeal to kids.
While teacher Patty Tracey read the
book to her first-grade class, Andrea,
a student, recited the words with her.
"I know that story so good I can
memorize it," she said.

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