If you want to understand how liberals view the world, take a look at the new lunch rules that schools have to follow in order to avoid a cut-off of federal aid. It’s a one-size-fits-all approach to school nutrition that is literally starving some of our students.Some Kansas students have created a video, posted above, that now has half-a-million Youtube hits. And while the video is funny, these new edicts are not.
New school lunch rules pushed by Michelle Obama and other ultra-leftists impose an 850-calorie maximum on all high school lunches. This calorie-cap applies to all students, from the 80-pound waif to the 200-pound football player who burns 5,000 calories a day.
But it gets worse! The feds are dictating what goes on the plate as well. The potato and tomato lobby managed to fight off efforts to essentially ban potatoes and pizza, but other rules have gone into effect that make school lunches pretty unappetizing.
For example, instead of normal, delicious bread and pasta students are now served inedible whole-grain products. These have to be thrown away uneaten, but nevertheless are counted in the 850-calorie total as if they were actually consumed.
Let’s consider a typical Obomameal: Two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk. Milk tastes bad, so it has to be thrown away; whole grain rolls taste bad, so they have to be thrown away; the vegetable might or might not have to be thrown away, depending on what it is. That leaves students with a lunch consisting of two fish nuggets and a half-cup of mashed potatoes, which isn’t enough to get through the day. Even if a student were to eat it all, for many it’s not enough.
And talk about waste! Students are allowed to refuse one item as they pass through the lunch line. Everything else is put on their tray whether they want it or not. So our lunch rules guarantee that a substantial portion of the food served is going to end up going straight into the trash.
The Obama administration recently came up with a solution to the mess it has made. Snacks! That’s right, the government says students just need to buy snacks to get them through the day. I’m not sure what poor students on the free-lunch program are supposed to do. Perhaps they can enjoy their snacks vicariously by watching others eat.
The solution isn’t snacks. Like most problems our school lunch woes have an easy solution: Serve our kids normal food! Let them have a Burger Day once a week when they are served a 6-oz. hamburger along with crinkle-cut fries and ketchup as a vegetable. Let them have cinnamon rolls for breakfast that are so good that they will still be talking about it 40 years later. Let them have white bread and potatoes and pizza and real cheese and Cokes to drink – all the things that we as adults eat. Let’s get Michelle Obama’s nose out of America’s lunch rooms and return control to local school districts.
If we want to tackle childhood obesity, then let’s tackle it! Let’s have the courage to tell fat kids and their parents, “You’re fat.” Then we can require them to adhere to the new lunch rules that presumably will help them lose weight; it suits me if we require them to spend an hour on a treadmill every day. Let's stand up to the corn lobby and ban high fructose corn syrup – a dangerous poison which causes obesity. But don’t stop the entire high school from chomping down on a hamburger and fries just because a few kids are fat! Feed lettuce leaves to the kids who need them and leave everyone else alone.
One size doesn’t fit all. Different students have different needs; Michelle Obama’s new lunch rules serve our nation poorly.
It’s a lot like the problem with Obamacare, which assumes that every American wants and needs exactly the same insurance policy. We don’t. Our needs are different, just as the 80-lb. girl has different nutritional needs than a 200-lb. football player.
When I was a second-grader at Sallie Cochran Elementary School in Holly Springs, one of the things I remember is how delicious the cinnamon rolls that we would get from time to time were. They were good enough that people talk about them decades later. All today’s students will be able to remember decades from now is how hungry they were.