High school students boycott school cafeteria over new lunch restrictions
Published September 18, 2012
With new federal guidelines dictating what is served at school cafeterias during lunch time, school districts all over the country have reworked their menus to accommodate the new rules. The changes include serving more whole grains, daily doses of fruits and vegetables, less sugar and salt, and only low- or non-fat milk.
For the first time, school lunches must have age-aligned calorie maximums, capping the amount of calories high school students eat to around 850 calories. The new restrictions all come from the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are funded by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – legislation promoted by Michelle Obama.
While the changes may seem like a step in a healthier direction, not all students are finding them so tasty. On Monday, about 70 percent of the 830 students at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin who typically buy their lunch boycotted the school’s cafeteria, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The high schoolers were joined by middle schoolers in the district, reducing the number of lunches sold by half. ... One such student from Mukwonago High, Nick Blohm, said the healthier food is not so much the problem as it is portion size. A 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound linebacker, Blohm said he burns around 3,000 calories during three hours of football practice and weight training. He’s also the class president, and he’s taking various Advanced Placement classes. But the new caps, he said, are making it harder to perform both physically and academically.
"A lot of us are starting to get hungry even before the practice begins," Blohm told the Journal Sentinel. "Our metabolisms are all sped up."
This folks, is how it will increasingly be done... government regulates our lives and Americans quietly opt out causing government regulations to become non-viable. Its how we did it in 18th Century Boston and its how we'll do it in 21st Century Milwaukee. I don't know if these kids have learned their history, but they're certainly repeating it.
Don't tell me what to feed my kid. Don't tell me what to eat. I'm an adult (and biologically so are those high schoolers that the government is calorie counting all over) and I know when I'm hungry, what I need, and whether or not what I'm stupidly shoving in my mouth is suitable. Amazing that they would limit kids, in the prime of their metabolic and athletic lives to a cookie-cutter calorie count. Amazing that they'd think for an instant that they wouldn't have competition from the old fashioned lunch box.
So good on you, Milwaukee. Empower your kids to take their health into their own hands, rather than relying on a nanny state. That, after all, is the only way to beat down obesity, anyway. And while they're at it, tyranny.
(end rant... promise!)