Focus on food's nutritional value
I am writing in response to the letter 'Children have healthy options' (South China Morning Post, December 29, 2010). A lot of children are overweight and this is because of their unhealthy lifestyle.
I have some suggestions which could help tackle the city's obesity problem. First of all, the government should promote a healthy diet among the public by organising seminars and activities for parents, teachers and children.
It is also the responsibility of companies to manufacture healthy food with less additives. For example, most soft drinks contain too much sugar, while there's a lot of fat in food served by fast food restaurants.
It would be good if schools can set an example for students by emphasising the value of a healthy lifestyle. School canteens should not sell products like chocolate, potato chips and soft drinks.
Parents are also to blame because they have to monitor what their children are eating. They should read the labels before they buy food for their children.
Consumers, young or old, should not worry too much about the taste of the food; the most important thing is its nutritional value.
Heidi Chan Hoi-ting, King Ling College
I envy girls and boys with 'good looks'. If I am physically attractive, I will become more popular and everyone will take care of me. Perhaps I will become a superstar and make my dreams come true. I will regularly visit a beauty parlour to maintain my good looks.
However, the most important thing is to have a positive outlook on life, stay happy and be confident. To achieve this, I will do sports and eat a balanced diet.
I won't consider having cosmetic surgery because I think it is dangerous. I could even end up looking worse than before. I wouldn't want to take that risk.
I think my looks are ok, and I don't need plastic surgery.
Fiona Tsang, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
Airport security lapse worrying
I read a story about a young mainlander who boarded a flight to Canada disguised as an elderly white man. Some people say this happened because of security loopholes at Chek Lap Kok airport.
There are various ways of changing one's looks, but ground staff should still be able to prevent people from boarding an aircraft with false documents.
Airport workers should be trained to identify suspicious people. They should be detained and not be allowed to get on the plane until everything is cleared.
I am happy that the police have made several arrests in connection with the airport incident.
The Hong Kong government should look into this case and ensure this kind of thing won't happen again.
Candy Wong Ki-yan, Pooi To Middle School
Need for effective waste disposal
Hongkongers produce more than twice as much rubbish as people in Japan and South Korea. In Hong Kong, the three different-coloured recycling bins are placed next to ordinary bins. So people don't bother to separate their rubbish, and throw everything into the ordinary bin.
The government is talking about the possibility of more rubbish disposal sites and the reintroduction of cleaner incinerators. These are short-term measures which may encourage citizens to produce more litter.
The Hong Kong government can take a leaf out of Japan's book. Its main method of waste disposal is incineration.
Rubbish is classified into combustible, non-combustible and what can be reused in order to minimise the amount of waste bound for landfills and incinerators.
There is also a great deal of education regarding the handling and separation of waste.
The Japanese see environmental protection as an issue that must be addressed on a daily basis.
Besides Japan, Singapore has effective waste disposal policies. Picnickers rarely leave their rubbish at barbecue sites. This is because they have to register if they want a site. Immediately after the picnic, inspectors will visit the sites. If there are leftovers, the picnickers will be fined.
Proper laws and public co-operation are essential to create a more beautiful Hong Kong.
Jerry Chan, Methodist College