Under First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for better fitness and nutrition, new school lunch guidelines came into effect. Do they really improve things?
A few days ago one of my readers posted a comment on my site, saying she was pretty infuriated by an article she had just read: “Michelle Obama School Lunch Catastrophe“. She dropped me the link so I could check it out and this piece is taken from the beginning of that article:
On January 25th of this year, Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the new federal nutrition standards for school meals.
The changes, as far as I know, have little to no real scientific validity. The changes all stem from outdated presumptions about the cause and cure of obesity. From what I can tell, the USDA and Michelle consulted with Jillian Michaels, Kate Moss, and Jenny Craig instead of the world’s leading obesity researchers to make this dramatic and assuredly harmful overhaul of public school lunches.
As I was reading that beginning I was thinking, wow, nice, finally they are going to do something about nutrition in public schools. That got me very excited. But then I read that these rules will now be enforced to control the obesity epidemic:
- School Lunches will be calorie – controlled
- Limit starchy begetable consumption
- Whole Milk has been banned, but the kids will be allowed to drink low-fat chocolate milk
- French fries and pizza will still be served, after heavy industry lobbying
Wow, genius! Bravo, Michelle! Now all children will learn to count calories and create an obsession with food (get them young while you can), they will stop eating starchy vegetables (so no yams for them) while getting a pizza, and drink low-fat milk with buckets of sugar added to it to gulp it down. But hey, it just might control the obesity epidemic.
It’s Time For Change
I am absolutely appalled by nutrition education and legislation in the US. Things like these are exactly why I don’t want to study nutrition here. These days you see all kinds of so-called experts who teach people the most absurd and misleading information not only about nutrition but fitness as well. From cutting out vegetables, or eating only bananas, to leg lengthening exercises where all you have to do is tie some weights to your feet and hang them off a table.
Why isn’t there a law against bogus information? Or at least if so-called experts are presenting others with such information why isn’t there an enforced rule to provide studies of proof? I believe that with these new rules in schools nutrition program, the obesity epidemic will continue to grow, but this time at a much faster rate.
Picture courtesy of the White House.