Feeeeed Me Seymour.
This student produced youtube video below illustrates how hungry students are due to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (isn’t that a delicious contradiction?). It shows the fallacy of a “one-size fits all” calorie program for students. Think of this video as a precursor of when the horrors of a “one-size fits all” CommonCore educational program is realized by students and parents. “One size fits all” might work well for a system…for human beings….not so much.
What happens in Scotland regulating food choices (even outside the school building) might just find its way here. The students may not be able to have their “food stash” in their lockers. These students might like to do a video next on what branch of government should be setting food requirements/portions in local schools supported by local tax dollars. Should these food requirements be set by the Federal government? If so, why? Let’s take a look at Scotland.
These included the use of licensing and planning powers to control the number and concentration of take-away food outlets near schools and the possible introduction of taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidisation of healthy foods.
Glasgow City Council, which commissioned the research, said it was further evidence that its stay-on-site healthy eating initiative – The Big Eat In – was a better option for pupils.
One option entertained is to penalize the take away food outlets by restricting what they can cook and/or institute a tax on “unhealthy foods” near the school because these private businesses don’t support the governmental nutritional standards. A private business can be told what/how to cook food and/or suffer financial penalties if these standards aren’t followed.
What do these Scottish “food fixes” have to do with America? A governmental board can’t penalize a private business for food choices and service in America….right? It seems as New York City is toying with the same mandate ideas as Scotland:…except this mandate would include adults. From Hot Air:
Like I said a few weeks ago, this was always the goal of the otherwise dumb soda regs. A restriction on portion sizes makes no sense when it’s limited to one kind of beverage and a select few types of vendors except as a way to inure the public to more draconian regulations down the line. Ban big sodas now, let people get used to it, and then if/when the city’s obesity rate dips — for whatever reason(s) — flog the hell out of those statistics as proof that dietary nannyism works and should be pursued more aggressively. No surprise, then, that the city health board might be thinking about bold new frontiers in keeping you from stuffing your face.
It’s time for the serious discussion on why the Federal government is forcing its food agenda on public schools. Do you really think “it’s for the kids”?
For more articles from around the country on hungry students due to Federal policy, check out this Facebook page, Nutrition Nannies.
Co-editor of Missouri Education Watchdog.
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