Health advocates applauded new federal school nutrition guidelines that began taking effect two years ago, but students are grumbling, mainly older students long used to their hamburgers and nachos. Disgruntled teens are sharing unappetizing pictures of their lunches on social media under the hashtag “ThanksMichelleObama” — a sarcastic nod to the first lady, who championed the changes.
At Parkway and other districts across the area, as many as 20 percent fewer students are buying their lunches. Statewide, the number of lunches served has dropped 11 percent since the 2009-10 school year, according to the latest figures from last year.
In these modern times, we can all celebrate that government programs are benefiting fewer people, but in a better way than ever before.
Note these government goals are coming into conflict:
- Expanding lunch programs so that every student can get a healthy mid day (and often breakfast) meal.
- Compelling healthy meals according to the latest phony baloney studies.
However, the number of students eating the meals is declining. Which probably means they’re eating something less healthy.
Never fear, though; whenever government’s mandates conflict, more mandates are the solution. If students are choosing not to eat the healthy meals, why, one only has to make consumption of the healthy meals compulsory to solve all the problems.