Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A $2 million, Texas sized, nutritional facepalm!

I'm having a difficult time believing this story's real.

Apparently the mighty State of Texas has decided to spend $2 million dollars installing high-tech spy cameras in some San Antonio elementary school cafeterias.

What're they going to do?

They're going to read bar codes embedded in the cafeteria trays of 5 schools where students have a higher rate of obesity and poverty.

The program's stated aim is to help cut down on childhood obesity by providing parents and school officials with information about what kids are eating in school.

Now here's a crazy idea Texas school folks.

Bear with me.

How about instead of installing high tech cameras to spy on cafeterias, you use that same $2 million to creatively troubleshoot and reform the foods actually being served in those cafeterias, and instead of sugar, pulverized flour and flavored milk, you serve healthy, nutritious, calorie controlled meals cooked from real, whole ingredients?

Nuts, I know.


[Hat tip to loyal blog reader Linda]

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  1. There are several factors that go into what children eat at school: what's available, what they can get with their lunch budgets (and/or on the school lunch plan), how they are raised, and peer pressure. If a child consistently chooses foods unwisely, is it not the parent's responsibility to re-educate that child?

  2. Wow. WOW. I can't even believe that story! Cameras in school cafeterias-doesn't that violate privacy or something? I can't imagine this will be well received.

    Take that $2 Million and put it into improving the food that served there! You don't have to serve salad-only lunches, but schools shouldn't be offering these awful lunches as an option.

    On top of promoting obesity, it teaches kids that that kind of food is "normal" to eat every day.

  3. Anonymous1:11 pm

    I'm not sure I fully understand why they need these cameras. If the school is preparing and serving the food, shouldn't they already know the calorie/fat/sugar/carb count of the foods? Why not just give the kids better options? There wouldn't be a need to install the cameras in that case.

  4. This is crazy. My kids have been raised with not only a healthy lifestyle but healthy eating awareness. Yet in my High School daughter's school, they serve tons of high fat, high sugar foods. Our solution is to send lunch from home. But that doesn't solve the problem for the thousands of San Antonio kids that cannot afford to bring their lunch and are at the mercy of the cafeteria. That 2 million would go a long way toward additional kitchen staff to prepare ACTUALLY healthy AND yummy food.

  5. This is, indeed, crazy. We expect nothing less of Texas. Spend $2 million to spy on children's food habits (and judge them and their parents accordingly), but, hey, don't think about passing any laws that would, say, collect more information on gun owners or slow down the speed of their gun accumulation. That's a violation of personal FREEDOM!

  6. It doesn't matter if they change the cafeteria food. It's really what's going on at home. If you don't help the parents, you don't break the cycle. But do you think the food companies are going to let that happen.They want the kids to have bad habits because they want their future customers.

  7. To use healthy food just makes way too much sense, that's why they are not going with that route

  8. Hey, I riffed off your SAT schools post this week -- just letting you know. I love this blog -- thanks for serving us.