Your typical hot dogs are hazardous to your health what with all of the fat, sodium and preservatives. But now, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants foods like hot dogs to come with a warning label and not because of their nutritional risks. Because they pose a choking hazard to babies and children.
Which is stupid, because we can choose not to feed hot dogs to babies and children on our own. The academy would like to see foods like hot dogs “redesigned” so that their size, shape and texture make them less likely to choke a youngster.
More than 10,000 children under 14 go to the emergency room each year after choking on food, and up to 77 die, according to the new policy statement. About 17% of food-related asphyxiations are caused by hot dogs.
Labels and redesigning won’t help. Kids are going to choke on things. And stupid adults are going to feed babies hot dogs. It’s just humans being stupid humans. Maybe the academy can do more good by focusing on other problems. Like the horrible additives in our foods.