New USDA guidelines would cut sugar and sodium in cafeteria food to help curb childhood obesity.

A CHEESEBURGER with oranges, fries and chocolate milk is offered as a school lunch.

Less sugar , lower sodium and more whole grains are among the new guidelines for school meals under consideration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These are reasonable, necessary changes considering that about 1 in 5 U.S. children are obese , a condition that can lead to serious lifelong health consequences if it continues into adulthood.