Originally posted by ShawnJ
Conversely, kids certainly don't know what's best.
Take soda machines out of schools across the nation.
Take fast food out of cafeterias.
Make P/E mandatory again.
Educate students about nutrition.
Support after-school activities.
It's all part of a score of things that schools can do to help reduce obesity. Removing soda machines from schools is going to make it harder for a kid to have a Coke with his/her lunch everyday unless his parents approve. Combined with other measures that the states should undertake.....it's a good thing overall that should see results.
Hopefully, healthy eating habits established during childhood will remain during adulthood.
You make some good points, and I do think they might be effective. However what would you say to those who have advocated this sort of comprehensive approach for drug users and cigarette users?
Obviously some things have worked, like drunk driving is much lower nowadays than in the past. However illegal drug use is likely no lower and cigarette smoking rates while falling for a long time seem to have stablized right in the 25-28% range.
I only say this because these parent DO approve of a tremendous amount of fatty food. They also overwhelmingly endorse a huge amount of prepackaged foods which are, even if they are healthy choices, not nearly as healthy as they would be when not mass produced.
So even if all the kid has is crackers, they are in an individually wrapped package with peanut butter or processed cheese food substitute and likely the worst nutritional crackers you can create.
I just wonder how effective these measures will be when school is such a small part of the choice. Even when the schools provide the lunches and breakfasts, they are often of poor nutritional value and when the children can make choices within those lunches they make poor choices.
For example I could take a photograph of the huge pile of apples, oranges left by the students each day. Meanwhile they bring full size BAG OF CHIPS to snack on. I'm not talking the .59, or .99 bag, I'm talking the FAMILY SIZE bag.