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kagu632418
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08:19 AM on 02/03/2013
Even the world knows that Americans are the heftiest. I shudder when I see children 5 years old being overweight looking like mini buddhas. Well folks the saying is true. It all starts at home - Overweight parents have overweight children which will continue into adult life. Its a vicious circle, and hjust adjusting the food served in Schools is only part of the solution. It all starts at home.....
08:18 AM on 02/03/2013
In 1946 is when the Government first started giving out War Surplus food to the Schools. Up till then we packed a lunch to school. My father who was an F.B.I. agent predicted that once the government gets a foot in the door there will be no limit to intrusion. He was right.
08:16 AM on 02/03/2013
"In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers."

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Oh goodness, when I was in grade school in 19coughcough, we had a candy lady who rewarded us when we cleaned every drop and crumb from our plates which included deep fried corndogs and french fries. But we also had an hour a day at lunchtime and gym class to run our calories off and then we walked home up to a mile and more to burn off the rest...........
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cqtestk4xs
Teddy Roosevelt - Last great Republican President
07:58 AM on 02/03/2013
Great idea. As a teacher of 30 years I never ceased to be amazed by the crud that was served to the kids in the name of nutrition. Our district negotiated with Coke and got a kickback from them to allow Coke products to be sold in the school. In the best interest of the kids??????
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08:59 AM on 02/03/2013
teddy would be disappointed,,,how about a little parenting....typical lefty response...........
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cqtestk4xs
Teddy Roosevelt - Last great Republican President
09:12 AM on 02/03/2013
Actually Teddy would be quite happy with it. He was liberally edcuated and was very broad in his interests. He was also a progressive. He proposed a national health care system in 1912 and was instrumental in the inspection of food (FDA). Your is a typical Neanderthal right wing response and of course , the minorty way of thinking...fortuanately
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09:47 AM on 02/03/2013
I'm as staunch a Conservative as there is, and I'm outraged by the crap that is served to kids in school.

Jamie Oliver, a British chef, did a wonderful series a few years ago showing how damnably difficult it is to get schools to serve real food to kids. It wasn't that the kids wouldn't eat real, nutritious food when offered. It was that the school's hands were tied by government regs - regs like ketchup (which lists sugar as the primary ingredient) being considered to be a vegetable serving.

It's not a question of good parenting, idiotsensor. Good parenting has nothing to do with what kind of nutrient-devoid slop is put on your kid's lunch tray. The government's intrusive hands are all over that.
09:47 AM on 02/03/2013
Agreed, the government should not only control what our children can eat and drink at school, the goverment should also control what we All can eat and drink at home. Since obamacare was forced down our throats, the health of citizens affects the costs of healthcare for all. To help keep costs down the government should set allowed foods and drinks for all citizens. Mandatory exercise and portion control of what we are allowed to eat is soon to come, and needed. Very limited alcohol, if any, and little to no soda should be permitted. The lose of freedom to eat, drink, exercise, what and when we want is a small price to pay for lowering healthcare costs for all. You see the government knows how best to care for you and your children. Not only can the government now tell us what toilets, light bulbs, sodas sizes, etc we can own, but what we are allowed to drink, eat and what size portions we are permitted to have. All for the better good of course.
The Nannie State can care for you better than you can.
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cqtestk4xs
Teddy Roosevelt - Last great Republican President
07:41 PM on 02/03/2013
Lots of things are "forced down out throats"...income tax, drivers licenses, SS, Medicare, school taxes for schools evewn if you don't have kids. Live with it...it's for a civilized society. if you don't like it you can move to a place with less restrictions, like the Congo, or Afghansitan. You'll have lots of freedom and get a taste of what a society is like without having things "forced down your throat".
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stansmusic
07:40 AM on 02/03/2013
I work at a very upscale supermarket chain called Wegman's, as a sushi chef. Everyday, I see parents go by my kiosk with carts full of processed high calorie foods.
Today kids, in all reality, are fed just about whatever they insist on... I speak to parents everyday, who say things like "I can't get them to eat vegetables....all they want is chicken strips and pizza.. THIS is why there is a problem.....years ago, parents were saying I can't get them to eat broccoli.....now, it's ANY vegetable....some reasons, is because each generation imore and more parents who "live a busy lifestyle".... Other reasons include billions spent promoting fast food restaurants, the ridulous prices of healthy foods in supermarkets....when a # of decent tomatoes is the same price as ground beef, you're going to have a problem, plain and simple. EVERYTHING....is how the parents raise the kid....no school is going to eclipse the way a parent teaches and feeds their kids. If the schools want to be successful regarding tis issue...they would start a powerful campaign to educate kids on the actual repurcussions they will suffer from not eating healthy...featuring real life scenarios, actual cases of poor nutrition's effects, and so on....the last thing you can't count on to make a difference in a kid's life is the government....they're losers
07:53 AM on 02/03/2013
One of the biggest problems is that parents today aren't the same as parents of years ago. As a 66 year old I can remember mom saying "you eat what's on the table", my oldest daughter tells her boys that they have to try something at least 10 times. Maybe if they start having physical education as they did in my day we wouldn't have some of the problems we have today. We had heavy kids back then too, but they were at least able to run and do things without weezing like a freight train. We used to run the stairs in gym and then do a complete class besides. Get kids out from in front of a computer and get outside playing, and some, not all, of the obseity problem would go away.
08:19 AM on 02/03/2013
You nailed it.
09:51 AM on 02/03/2013
This regime in power believes it is the governments job to raise the children, as they know better what is needed. In fact this regime believes that the government needs to control all of the citizens, as you plebs can't care for yourselves and need the governments care.
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kagu632418
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08:20 AM on 02/03/2013
Right on! You have been both: Fanned and Faved :)
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EdNY
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07:08 AM on 02/03/2013
Pepsi and Coke and the American Beverage Association should not be allowed to have any official say in this matter.

Since when is the right to serve junk food to our children a conservative issue?
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kagu632418
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08:22 AM on 02/03/2013
I wholeheartedly agree with you ....
08:23 AM on 02/03/2013
I do not agree that they should not have a say. Let them voice their opinion, it can't hurt. But in the end it should come down to what the parents of these children want. It is not the schools responsibility or any branch of government's authority to tell a parent what their child can or cannot have to eat or drink. Too many people today think that they can dictate what others do "for their own good" which only translates into more control.
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EdNY
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07:08 AM on 02/04/2013
Every human has a moral responsibility to look out for the kids in our society.

The soda companies should not be allowed to pedal their poison to our children and they have no say in it.
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Paleo Nouveau
06:14 AM on 02/03/2013
"...the government relaxed some limits on meats and grains in subsidized lunches after school nutritionists said they weren't working." This one sentence shows how big this problem is. Children are picky eaters. If parents do not feed their children proper foods they are probably not going to start eating them at school.

I'm not convinced that we should allow vending machines with sodas and prepackaged foods in schools. There has to be a massive concerted education campaign aimed at eliminating the use of "toxic" foods and encouraging everyone to exercise and eat real foods.

http://paleonouveau.com
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pskk
04:07 AM on 02/03/2013
Without having read the story, I know a huge way the schools could cut out the junk. Quit cutting the chicken for the salads while leaving cookies, cakes, and assorted empty calories on the shelves. Another simple thing to reduce this issue...don't allow vending machines that sell soda or junk. We never had vending machines at my school until high school. Then you could see people's weight ballooning up.
04:23 AM on 02/03/2013
so in other words, you want to remove all the food choices and dictate what the kids can eat....
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pskk
06:05 AM on 02/03/2013
Remove ALL food choices? No. Dictate what the kids can eat? To a degree. The school is to provide the kids with nutritious meals, not junk. Allow them to have choices amongst the healthier selections.
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EdNY
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07:04 AM on 02/03/2013
Parents want healthy food in schools. They have the right to make sure their kids eat right. You call it dictate, I call loving instruction.