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September 25, 2012

Kids can be cranky.  Those of you who have kids know that a missed meal can be the difference between focused and off-the-wall.  But what if the place where kids are supposed to be under the guidance of responsible adults is the place where they’re most affected by the system?  Well, in the world of today’s government, that’s coming true, and the kids are being pretty obvious about things.  See what happens when you can only get 850 calories for lunch?

Now that the rules have come into effect for the new school year, many are concerned that some adolescents are being denied the quantities of food they need.

Student athletes can burn through as many as 5,000 calories a day – but they are still entitled to no more than 850 calories for their lunch.

Well, maybe they can find ways to get around it, maybe a bake sale?

Students at a high school in New Bedford, Massachusetts are bringing syrup into school and selling it to friends so they can make their own contraband chocolate milk, according to the Standard-Times.

‘Flavored milk… I don’t understand why we can’t have that,’ said 17-year-old Paige Lame.

Another unintended consequence of the rule is that charity groups are unable to sell cookies or candy to raise money for good causes and student activities, thanks to a crackdown on the availability of junk food on school property.

The government flacks, of course, say that kids should just be eating more vegetables.  Hey, have any of you actually met kids?  Happy ones?

A while back, I took my Little out for the afternoon.  We wandered around for a while, sampling the stuff that Costco had out, and we finally landed at Burger King where he had a burger, some of my fries, and some nuggets.  I told him I’d buy him dessert if we sat there and did his homework, but he wasn’t into that.  When I told his mom what we’d done, her comment was along the lines of: “Wow, you got him to eat?”

The reaction from BBBS was a bit different, when I mentioned to the coordinator that we’d gone to Burger King.  She scolded me for not giving him more healthy food choices.  Really?  Yes, I understand the need to get fruit into the system, but how about making sure the kids actually eat in the first place?  I’m glad I didn’t mention the Costco trip.

We’re at a point where we’re pushing wish-fulfillment on kids instead of looking at the reality of the situation.  At some point, we need to make sure that kids are getting enough into their systems that they’re able to get through the day.  I’m all for more healthful meals as long as we realize that we’re still feeding kids, not goats.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2012 10:15 am

    So the lofty concept of “healthy eating,” when implemented in a top-down big-brother federally-mandated manner, devolves into cruel calorie deprivation in actual practice.

    I don’t even think the consequences are unintended anymore. They don’t give a damn about consequences, so long as they who “know best” are in control of our daily lives.

    Dang, everytime I think I’m no longer capable of anger, along comes some fresh outrage. Calorie limits? On teenagers who play sports? I remember how much football players piled on their trays when I was in high school.

    Are the schools following this voluntarily, or is the calorie limit a prerequisite to federal funding?

    I have this friend, he says his grandkids’ school will throw away the food on the tray which exceeds the calorie limit. He says his recovering anorexic granddaughter challenged the lunch lady: do I really look like I should be on a diet?

    She got to keep her extra carbs that day.

    cheers
    Lin

    • September 30, 2012 11:42 am

      The schools I’m in while mentoring look to just give the kids a box and have them go from there. What I don’t get is when schools started demanding kids eat their food? I used to be able to bring mine from home (to save money), and that appears to not be an option anymore. Maybe that free-and-reduced lunch convinced parents to stay out of the equation…

  2. September 25, 2012 9:41 pm

    Our elementary does not allow cupcakes to celebrate Birthdays. They ask to bring favorite book for the classroom instead, which, according to them, teaches kids to be givers not takers. The teacher who came up with that idea is very creative, I hear.

    • September 26, 2012 8:55 am

      What’s interesting is that this allevaites the parents of having any involvement in the school. They don’t even have to think to bake or buy something, just tell the kid to go grab a book. Isn’t parental involvement what’s supposed to make or break the child’s experience in school?

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