Originally posted by ownbestenemy
Revamping them to what? Honestly the school system via politicians have been modifying the lunch/break programs for years now and nothing has
Exactly. The lunch programs in the schools are horrid, with hardly any healthy options to be seen. The last time my daughter bought a lunch because
she forgot her bagged one, she wanted water instead of milk & they charged her extra for it instead of encouraging it. Not to mention some schools are
making it so the kids can't even bring lunches. How is that a case of the government not forcing kids to eat their crap?
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
How bout this -- elementery schooll; I can hardle call a time where I didnt have a home cooked meal -- yet my mother worked as a single mom. I had
daily some time of food that was from home and not from school.
I grew up with a single parent as well (a single father) and every meal was home cooked as well. My kids get the same each day, dinner at the table,
at a set time. That doesn't change the fact that at least one meal is at school & parents have little control on how healthy it is. And as I said,
recess is a thing of the past, sports are almost gone & so kids are sitting, non-active for 8 hours a day. That is not healthly at all and is
something that needs to be addressed by the government who set the rules for our kids school day.
I disagree here. The Government has no authority in my, or my child's life to be involved or responsible. I take responsibility on what is
and what is not "acceptable" to feed my child...no school or government will ever dictate my child's eating habit.....ever.
The government does stick their nose into this apspect of our lives whether we like it or not. It has been that way for decades. Locally grown
produce, meat and dairy is getting harder to acquire because of the government regulations that exist. I'm lucky because I have farms all around me
and we grow a nice size garden each year. We also can/freeze for the winter months, but how many even know how to do this anymore? Heck, most kids
don't even know how to cook basic meals. Just teaching healthy cooking from scratch, getting kids away from the desk for a little bit of time each
day would do wonders on keeping our children healthy.
Aside from our natural builds -- as I am a stocky (no one knows what that even means today) person and kid I also was active yet was able to
inhale a large amount of calories. The problem arose when those activities stopped...and yet eating like you were burning 4 million calories a
Actually I always ate like a bird, still do. My dad always joked that I was going to turn orange or green because I loved to carry carrots & green
beans with me everywhere. I was even nicknamed his little veggie monster. I am just not built to be skinny, I am, and always will be, a healthy
The problems that exist with our kids being over-wieght or under-weight is because everyone, parents and schools, have stopped teaching some basics
about cooking healthy, eating meals together and staying active together. Ask any kid if they know the best way to cook a veggie and they likely
won't know the answer is that uncooked is best, but steam them to keep the most nutrients. Ask them about portion sizes and they will look
bewildered. Add in the fact that many kids have hours of homework every evening, leaving little tome to be active, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Things need to change in school and in the homes, but putting up bill-boards is akin to pointing a finger at an over-wight kid and laughing. It does
nothing but lower their self-esteem at a time when we should be building it up so they want to be healthier. Positive reinforcement always works
better than negative and in the end, this is something that is a personally problem that should be dealt with through their doctors and their
And as I said before why are they just worried about the over-wieght children? There are many young kids that I would consider dangerously thin who
eat little or nothing for days at a time. No one says a word to them except, "Hey, you should be a model." Neither end of the spectrum is healthly
and both can do serious damage to a persons body.