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Several months ago I mentioned in the Viewpoint the story of a young school child whose lunch was seized and thrown away because it wasn’t considered “healthy” enough. A couple of people questioned that the event happened and I put them in touch with the appropriate sources. I believe that happened on the East Coast, although I don’t remember at the moment.
So read the story this week on the District 70 lunch prices. Because almost 60% of lunch funding comes from the Federal Government, they can dictate not only the kind, but the amount, of food your child will be served next year. In middle school, in the past, the portions were akin to what was being served in the high school. No more. The Federal Government has decided your middle school child can’t have that extra roll anymore – undoubtedly saving your child from obesity.
Setting portions is asinine. Some portion control has to be done from a cost per plate standpoint, but dictating that your 80lb. female 6th grader should get the same portion as the 220lb. male 8th grader and that neither of those should have as much food as the 115lb. female 9th grader takes government interference to a new level. Add the fact that the size of soft drinks is controlled in New York, the type of cooking oil is mandated in several states and if you don’t think government is too involved in your life then maybe you aren’t smart enough to make your own decisions.
Obesity in youth is about what we as parents allow them to spend their free time doing. It can’t be changed by more laws and regulations. The only thing the school has any culpability for is that in many places Physical Education has been stopped or so sissified that everyone can be a winner and our students don’t get a lick of exercise all day long. If I were the Superintendent of schools for D70 I would tell the government to shove their food money and hope they choke on it and go back to sack lunches. What a novel concept – little Jimmy or Janie packing a lunch! I wonder when “We the People” will have had all we can stomach?
On a much lighter note, the Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years of playing concerts last week. They are making plans to go on tour again with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards being the only two original members still belting out tunes. The name came from a blues song by Muddy Waters called “The Rollin Stone.” The “g” was added later.
Jagger has always been nice and skinny. Maybe the federal government can mandate we all go on his diet. Oh wait, too late, they’ve already started – just follow the green cross to your nearest legalized marijuana dispenser. That’s not his entire diet but you have to start somewhere.