My kid. Your kid. Our kids. We send them off to school with money for lunch. The theory in my mind is that since, well, it’s SCHOOL, they will be informed and have some good choices to make at lunch time. In my mind the choice they get is carrots or broccoli, brown rice or baked potatoes, chicken or turkey…
Yeah, no, this isn’t the choice they get.
In Lake County it’s a choice between crap and healthy food.
Food laced with sugar and addictive chemicals or healthy food.
Food that makes them feel GOOD (at least for a while) and healthy food.
What choice is your kid making? I’m not even going to pretend my kid makes the right choice. He surely does not. What the heck??
In my sons school system there ARE HEALTHY OPTIONS! Salad and fruit is available. Do you really think a 10 year old going to choose salad over pizza? I… don’t….think….so.
What kid is choosing steamed corn over tacos? How about celery over pizza? That’s the choose Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Friday it’s Hot Dog or Hamburger. Mmmmm.. nutritious. No choice needed there apparently. By the way, this is all online:
What do we put our kids on the bus to do?
Really. Think about this. Do we put them on the bus to go sit for 6 hours and be bored and hate school? Do we send them off to learn or not?
At the end of the day what is the most important thing?
I mean THE most important thing. How about our health! Learning math and social studies is vital I do know. What good are they when you are dead at 50 from a heart attack?
I would argue that our health is the most important thing in the world. School is such a fantastic platform to teach our kids how to eat.
Instead we feed them pizza and get them addicted to crap.
The overly processed and artificially flavored foods are good for several things. First off, and most important, of course, is that there foods are cheap and SOMEONE is making a wicked profit.
OHHH – KAY.
Maybe that really isn’t THE most important thing but doesn’t it seem like it?
What else? Yeah, the kids love the food! You wouldn’t want the kids unhappy, right? You wouldn’t want them complaining about all this healthy food! (You know they would!)
So the food fills them up because they like it. It gives them energy for a while so they can finish the day. Wahoo!
Of course it’s devoid of any and all nutrients and it puts them on the road to obesity, diabetes and heart disease…
So to sum up today’s article I will make three points.
1) The kids do have a choice but my guess is that they aren’t making the right choices because they are kids and not mini adults. The will take taste over healthy 10 out of 10 times.
2) The school and the governments are lap dogs to the food industry. Watch “Supersize Me”. There are school systems out there that make all their food from scratch and it doesn’t cost any more. It is a sad sham!
3) You should send your kid to school with a brown bag lunch. I’ll talk about that in Part 3.
The same people that supply our kids with lunch everyday also supply the prisons with food. That’s fantastic. Or not….