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Feds change the guidelines again
December 10, 2012 - Kylie Saari
The USDA is changing the federal school lunch guidelines again because the kids don't like having to reduce their carbs and eat more fruits and veggies.
I, for one, am supremely annoyed that the feds didn't even give their plan one full year to see if the kids could get over themselves and actually eat what is recommended before changing it.
They say the are increasing carbs and meat allocations for lunches because kids are hungry.
What they are not seeming to notice is that the kids are not eating the food that is offered.
Every students, save one, that I have interviewed about the changes to the lunch program said they are not eating the fruits and veggies offered because they don't like them. They are offered an unlimited amount of these foods, but aren't eating them. And then are surprised they are hungry later. How about offering a little advice — if you are hungry, eat what is in front of you. If you don't, don't complain about it.
Add that to the fact that when you are put on a diet, you are hungry. That is life. The kids that are obese are going to be hungry if they are eating the "right" amount of food because their body wants to consume enough to keep them at their current size. If the feds are trying to fight obesity, they should not be surprised that the kids are hungry.
I am not saying the guidelines are perfect the way they are. I know it made life much more difficult for lunch ladies everywhere, and it would annoy me if I was a student — at my high school we were offered M&M monster cookies with a side of ice cream cone for lunch. That kind of choice did not help me eat more veggies.
I believe as the years went on, the students would have become accustomed to eating healthier foods and found the correct amount for their body. But we will never know that now that the feds are shoving bread and hamburger into their open mouths to stop the complaints.
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