Food Nazis Part 2

Thursday 14 April 2011 - Filed under Authoritarianism

From Yahoo concerning a Chicago school’s authoritarian policy of banning lunches brought from home:

Change in Chicago’s school cafeterias feeds into a larger effort to combat the country’s childhood obesity epidemic. About a third of America’s kids are overweight or obese, and since children consume at least 30 percent of their calories while in school, making lunches healthier is seen as one way to counter that problem. Poorer kids are also more likely to be obese or overweight than middle class kids, and to consume a bigger proportion of their calories while at school. Forty-four percent of American kids living below the poverty line are obese or overweight, according to a 2010 study published in Health Affairs.

While we haven’t been able to track down another school that bans homemade lunches outright, many smaller food battles have been playing out in cafeterias across the country. As principals try to counter obesity in their schools, healthy intentions can come across as overreach, occasionally sparking parent and student anger.

Here’s a tip. Why the fuck don’t you stick to countering our shitty public school system and educating children rather than worrying about parenting them? It’s just a suggestion.

2011-04-14  »  madlibertarianguy