I think it is quite disingenuous to claim that the school lunch program has nothing, or very little to do with the problem. In Title 1 schools obesity starts with breakfast: Cheese Pleasers, Pancakes (with the syrup build in), tater tots, and so on. These are the schools that service the most at risk youth, those whose poverty prevent them from seeking and serving wholesome food at home. My school's kitchen doesn't even have a proper oven, steam table or grill... warming oven and serving area heated with lights. There is no cooking going on there.
We influence our kids' taste for processed and sweet foods at the elementary school level and this taste continues when they come home.
I have twin boys in the fourth grade. One is learning disabled and the other isn't. We eat a low-fat, vegetarian diet at home. I make lunches for them every day, and have since their first day of school. Why is one boy overweight and the other isn't?
I discovered that children are, for the most part, allowed to eat as much as they want at breakfast. A boy like mine, who cannot self-regulate, is allowed to eat six or seven times. The school gets reimbursed for the meals they serve, the food is loaded with fat and sugar, the child cannot self-regulate and you have a perfect storm for obesity.
I volunteer at the school quite often, but still I am unable to watch my son everyday and everywhere. I invite you to have lunch with your child -- or better, breakfast -- and you will be absolutely dismayed by a salad bar filled with iceberg lettuce, carrots that bear a chemical taste, chili served with "scoopin' chips," and Uncrustables. It is absolutely appalling, and to say that the public schools bear no responsibility in all this is quite laughable.
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