3/13/14 Fat & Hungry Kids
1.6 million fewer school children bought school lunches last school year [2012-2013] than the year before. According to the Government Accountability Office.
This was also the year new lunch standards went into effect from the $12 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Some are packing lunches from home. Others would rather go hungry.
Children who are buying the lunches are throwing more in the trash because â€“ as kids say â€“ â€œthe food tastes yucky.â€
Healthy foods make a difference in combatting obesity. But so does exercise. And that has nearly evaporated from Americaâ€™s schools. Phys Ed classes and recess periods are being eliminated.
40 years ago child obesity was rare. Even when cafeterias served meals federal bureaucrats wouldnâ€™t allow today. But that was when kids were allowed to run around playing tag, dodge ball and keep-away.
Many competitive recess games are now banned due to self-esteem issues.
Unable to burn off their rambunctious energy kids are told to sit still in class. And when they wiggle, jiggle and fidget theyâ€™re diagnosed as â€œhyperactive.â€ And parents are urged to medicate them.
So they can sit still. And get fat.
Simply put. The old ways were better.