Originally posted by smashdem
While I dont think the fed has any business in our school lunches, those kids are little ingrates.
Trashcans stuffed with food and then complaining they are hungry? Get real, spoiled little American brats. You parents these days suck.
on 25-8-2012 by smashdem because: (no reason given)
I was kind of thinking the same thing. And I am an American.
My kids were homeschooled until last/this year. So knowing all the school lunch threads here at ATS I was curious, and ate lunch with my daughter a
couple of times last spring. It wasn't bad. I didn't think it was much different then when i went to school (80 to 92). Some things were fairly
good, others not so much.
But I did notice a few things. The throw away factor was huge. And I think its because the kids eat junk at home, and they are given something
relatively balanced they won't eat. When I grew up, mom cooked most days. So what I got at home (while much better tasting and variety) wasn't all
that different from what I got at school. I wasn't allowed a ton of junk at home. But it seems the opposite is true. Many families eat out multiple
times a week, and eat the same pre packaged stuff when they do eat at home. I think the American eating issues come from a variety of sources. Lack
of education and making poor choices in what and how much they are eating, what they eat/learn at home, food and eating becoming an almost addictive
pattern, eating for pleasure so to speak. Lack of exercise. Lack of nutriant food. The list goes on.
Couple of other things. Being in my upper thirties I am/was any where from 25 to 50 lbs overweight. Wanting to change that, I simply started with
portion controls. It took a few days/weeks to get used to eating less, but it wasn't a big deal. Eat what you want, just don't eat 3 plates of it.
I dropped about 10 lbs. Then I GREATLY reduced my intake of carbs, especially soda and potato. Dropped about another 10. Add some light to moderate
exercise, I lost almost 10 more. I am now down about 25 to 30lbs. Prior to this I would kill myself with exercise, extreme diets. Nothing. Now being
more sensable, I am loosing weight and it is relatively easy. All in about 3 months. I hope to lose about 20 more.
Now, what's even weirder about this....... I recently took an extra job to make some extra money to cover some increased expenses. Well the only
close by thing that would really match a part time schedule to my "regular" corporate office job was................
McDonalds! So I kind of reluctantly went to work there. It's not so bad. The one I am at is very clean, and staffed mostly with part time college
kids. Many are using McDonald's as a resume builder, and almost all are trying to get in to one of the various management programs that are offered.
So it's not the "horror story fast food place" I worried about. It's also owned by a small franchise, and is not a "corporate" owned store. So
it's been interesting. ANYWAYS now that I was going from one job to the other and not having time to eat, and being allowed a "crew meal" I kind of
cringed at the thought of eating 2-4 times a week at McDonald's. But I started looking at the menu nutriant sheets, and making healthy choices, I
haven't gained any weight back, I am still losing,(although not as quickly) Choices from Oatmeal to the grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps,
actually make it quite simple. Oh on rare occasion I have a Big Mac or something. But most the time i eat one of the healthier options. I also don't
normally eat the fries, (other than a couple individual to quality control them a few times a night!!!!) which are probably ounce for ounce the worst
thing as far as calories/fat/carbs).
So again, it comes down to better choices, thinking and caring about yourself enough to be concerned with what you eat. I think that's where this
starts. And while I am a small government get out of our lives type a person, we have a whole generation that is being raised by a generation that
seems to know nothing about this. The programs that the government is trying isn't going to work, but I am not exactly sure what the answer is. But
we better get one. Because it seems over half the population from about 35 down is overweight, out of shape. It's going to cost us in health
care....which is going to hurt us in taxes....which is going to hurt our productivity as a nation, our ability to get out of debt, and our ability to
defend the nation as it probably collapses. Its truly scary.