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Comment & Response
September 2017

Ethical Considerations for Nutrition Counseling About Processed Food—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(9):914-915. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1906

In Reply In their letter, Morain and Barnhill appropriately point out that child caregivers come in many shapes, sizes, sexes, and situations and that focusing on mothers for cooking is inadequate for today’s pluralistic household.1 I agree wholeheartedly with the premise that men are as deficient as women in cooking skills; yet, there is plenty of evidence that the history and art of cooking is passed from mother (rather than from father) to children.2 Indeed, I believe that all children are now vulnerable owing to the lack of intergenerational transmission of food preparation and cooking education and that it is imperative that we as a society provide for all children to learn how to cook as an adult survival skill. To wit, I wrote a 2012 Huffington Post article titled “Bring Back ‘Home Ec,’ and This Time for Boys Too.”3

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