Mystery_Lady, you make for an interesting argument however valid your opinion might be you do not look at it from an external point. You are basing
your argument around your own Government - the United State’s, when the initial post is about the United Kingdom and actually not the Government but
rather the School
. You also play the fear
card, which so many on this forum do by labelling something as undemocratic and communistic in
instance but however, due to the lack of access to the FMB campaign - you are not expected to know about a two year long, democratic campaign which
has gained massive amounts of support in the United Kingdom.
I’ll take you back, in fact this is now going back two years in fact nearly three, a British Chef and Television presenter began to do research into
school meals in the United Kingdom. Now, back when they were introduced the purpose was for under-privileged
children to be able to eat a
healthy meal and somewhere over the last 20 years [Especially during the Thatcher years] this had changed. The food that was being given to children,
especially those whose family was on income support is a travesty to a Civilized Nation and was done in the spirit of cutting corners.
However, this is where the fallacy is shown as wrong. In 2004 an article
showing that these injections of funding wasn’t needed and this in turn lead to the choice the School’s had. Healthy food or unhealthy food? What
should they offer? The fact is, it should be the healthy alternative - children, especially those under 14 years of age should be protected they are
not at a level where they fully understand the implications of their actions and parents neither seem to comprehend such a thing. This unhealthy
lifestyle, will have devastating effects on the Nation I live in.
This evidence, is already being shown in the Susan Chinn study:
Prevalence of overweight was 5-6% in both 1974 and 1984 in white boys and 9-10% in white girls, and it rose to 9-10% in boys in 1994, to over
13% in English girls, and to nearly 16% in Scottish girls.
The impact of growth in obesity, has to be linked to diet and cannot be linked to genetics. The reason people gain weight, is when energy intake
exceeds energy expenditure and although the level at which it burns differs from person-to-person, the healthy balance can be maintained the problem
is people do not desire to find it. In fact, recently studies have found that single-locus mutations exist in less than 5% of obese people - that is a
tiny minority of obese people, due to genetics.
The roll of parents is to raise their children - to the best of their ability - however, they do need guidance. The duel burden and influx of
television-dinners, has had a hand in this as well as more indoor activity, such as homework and the influx of computers and television. There is a
need for balance and the only way this can be accomplished is through education, both of parents and children. Yet, with the extreme instances of
children - in some cases toddlers - being obese, the parents are to blame and something has to be done. Like it or not, this is another form of abuse
but they do not realise.
This is where, School’s begin to play into the equation - this is an easy avenue for teachers to watch children and this is part of their role. They
have not, for a very long period of time, been there just to teach but as guardian’s of children and from personnel experience this is a good thing.
Meals, were intended for this purpose so 1/3rd of the recommended daily allowance could be consumed and they could make sure of this - yet it was for
some reason placed on the backburner and now people are beginning to realise this. The petition signed by 271677 families
in the United
Kingdom, as well as the fact it was a point of debate during the 2005 election show how important it was for people. This was not an action which the
Government and Council’s have taken against Public Opinion but rather intended to do as they desired.
You are not a witness in the United Kingdom, nor did you desire to research the backlog of information that brought this change about and instead are
accusing it of being a dictatorship - however, last I checked a democracy
“Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives” and “Majority rule” - so when you have all three
major parties, saying that bringing better food to School’s is a priority to them and they all do successfully in the election than clearly people
support this. There was no riots, nor press coverage of “Save the Junk Food” in the United Kingdom. So should the Government stop doing what the
will of the people is? If so, surely that is a dictatorship?
This, has been in the works since 2001 in the United Kingdom with School Meals Bill [In Scotland] and it is a welcome change to parents otherwise,
they would have not agreed with it. I have yet to see an individual, who sees the introduction of healthy food as a bad thing and worse yet is the
fact the food hardly has to change, burgers, chips, pizzas and so on and so fourth - food children love, can be healthy the problem is parents and
school dinner staff desire to do it on the cheap and quickly. Even crisps, chocolates and so on and so fourth can easily be healthy but only in
moderation and that was what they suggested. The reports and bills, are being made out to “ban all that is tasty” when in fact, it is banning
processed goods, that are not healthy, it is removing burgers made of 20% meat and so on and so fourth. So the idea this is a bad thing, is a laugh -
the fact these intentions for School dinners, have existed in the United Kingdom for decades and were only recently changed [now being changed back]
show the idea that this is the work of the “New World Order” as more scare tactics, removing us away from the real issues like over surveillance
of phones, e-mails and so on and so fourth.