Anyone Got a Candy Bar?
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.