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School lunches were always terrible in the 90s when i was a kid.
Originally posted by jude11
Stay home and raise your own kids Mrs Obama. Stay out of the refrigerators of the citizens and stop talking about things of which you have no knowledge.
She owns it and I wonder how it will affect her husband at the voting booth?
We can only hope that it affects hubby just enough...to lose.
edit on 24-8-2012 by jude11 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SpeachM1litant
God forbid that Americans start eating normal sized portions? All this complaining, and no exercise explains why there is an obesity epedemic. I turned on the TV yesterday to see fat Americans everywhere.
I would eat as soon as I came from home (a meal you call dinner) around 4. It's healthier than waiting till night fall, stuffing you face and going to sleep.
Originally posted by Komaratzi11
"What's the point, if I have to feed them a meal as soon as they get home?" was a common response. My favorite comment was, "Well, I better fill 'em up, because the school sure isn't."
Some examples of the new lunches taken from my son's lunch calendar:
Tues. Hamburger on wheat bun, with no cheese; carrots and dip; orange
Wed. Soft taco on wheat tortilla, lettuce; tomato; refried beans; pineapple
Thurs. sloppy joe on wheat bun; salad; mixed fruit
Fri. Mini Corn dogs; spinach salad; pears
The serving sizes have been reduced, and I was shocked to hear that the same servings given to Kindergarteners are also being given to high schoolers.
My son reported to me that the trash can was stuffed with uneaten food and kids were complaining to the teachers about being hungry very shortly after lunch.
The number of students carrying lunch from home has been increasing daily and Michelle Obama would be livid if she saw the things parents were buying, I'm sure. I sold a lot of lunch meat and cheese, chips, Lunchables, and Little Debbies to the disgruntled parents this week. They were buying Kool-aid type drinks as well, so forget that skim milk.
This whole situation got me wondering, "What do Barrack and Michelle's kids eat for lunch?" Well, obviously not what the children of commoners eat. Their lunches at prestigious Sidwell Friends School are catered by an outfit called Meriwhether-Godsey. Apparently, the good folks at Meriwhether-Godsey believe there are no bad foods if eaten in moderation. Their motto is "fresh is best" and "can the can". Too bad our children can't say the same.
The truth is government regulation is never going to end obesity for children or anyone else for that matter. People are growing tired of the endless involvement of government in their personal business. Almost every parent that complained at the store blamed Michelle Obama for this mess. Whether Mrs. Obama acted alone or not, her face IS the face of this mess. She owns it and I wonder how it will affect her husband at the voting booth?
Originally posted by Komaratzi11
Almost every parent that complained at the store blamed Michelle Obama for this mess. Whether Mrs. Obama acted alone or not, her face IS the face of this mess.
Originally posted by SilentNoise
You know most of those meal sound ok until you read a little further. Wheat buns/tacos?!? If you want to ruin a meal throw it on a wheat bun. Even in my home town there's about a 10 to 1 ratio of white to wheat products. Most people don't eat wheat products and i can't blame them.
And then looking at the sides (well probably the main because of portion size), they don't match at all. Who eats an orange with a hamburger? You need potato sides to go with half those dishes.
If you want people to eat healthy, you need to get back to the basics and use some spices and actually cook the meals, not just reheat them. The problem, though, is that it's actually cheaper to buy the already "prepared food" than it is to buy the individual ingredients and make it from scratch.
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
A typical school lunch for me back in the 1970's was...
a bowl of vegetable beef soup, a PBJ sandwich, half an orange or apple, and a snickerdoodle cookie and a pint of milk
plain cheese burger with a little packet of mustard and ketchup, a "side salad" of lettuce, slice tomato, onion, pickle slices, french fries or chips, and an apple w/ milk
slice of pizza, a tossed salad with dressing, brownie, half orange or apple, w/ milk
fried chicken thigh, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, tossed salad w/ dressing, snicker doodle cookie, milk
They weren't the greatest food, but they really weren't bad. And in High School... extra portions or sides could be purchased for more money.
People will be people and as long as we have free will, we will eat what we want to eat... trying to force people to eat a certain way is a waste of limited funds within declining budgets.
If obesity is a cause of concern, it is the parent's and child's responsibilty. Cut back on the computer and video games, encourage outdoor activities, games, exercise...
As far as school's responsibility, healthy meal alternatives should be offered. How about a basic meal with unlimited salad bar? How about expanding the PE classes and activities, sports activities, field days, extra curricular sports, etc... Maybe offereing extra credit for participation in after school intramural leagues of volley ball or basketball or even kick ball... get the kids moving. Anybody remember home economics or teaching nutrition in health class... how about educationg kids and actually teaching them how to prep good meals.
I remember back in the 7th Grade... our PE teacher was our health teacher. He was an ex NFL player... not a "glory boy" but he made the league and had a brief and sucessful career until an injury took him out. He was teaching budgets, nutrition... we had to come up with a budget, a menu that included 3 meals a day for 7 days for one week, and they had to be nutritious and healthy with at least two fruits or veggies at every meal. To make it interesting, the class put in .25 cents each and the best menu won the pot.
It was so effective, I remeber it to this day and use what I learned there even now. We had less tools for education than then, but somehow we seemed to learn more...and yes, both my parents worked... but they were good parents. That is one of many important keys to good health... good parenting.
It is not mandates from above.