Michelle O takes heat for 'hunger-free' new lunch standards - The Packer

Michelle O takes heat for 'hunger-free' new lunch standards

09/25/2012 05:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

“Certainly obesity is a problem, but it is not a problem to be solved in Washington but a problem that should be solved by parents,” he said.

Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton said the menus are based on the Dietary Guidance for Americans. “No they don’t have the triple burger or the huge portions that we as a society that have come to think as the norm,” she said. “What we are trying to do is not to teach children just what to eat, but portion sizes,” she said.

The problem of obesity is linked both to the kind of foods kids eat and the volume they consume, she said.

However, she said the calorie limits have been a challenge at some schools. While football players who practice after school may need more calories than the school lunch can give, Thornton said not everyone at school is a middle linebacker.

School boosters and others can help provide healthy snacks football players need so they will have the calories they need for practice, she said.



TK: It is open season on school lunches, particularly the newly imposed calorie limits but also the expansion of the mandatory fruit and vegetable servings. Whether this dust-up actually threatens the standards or is short-lived,  politically-inspired griping about the Obama "nanny state" remains to be seen.

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