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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 7:50 p.m. MDT

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Elaine Douglass
Grand, UT

I fail to see how healthy meals served in schools is "the government" "telling us what to do," but lousy meals served in schools isn't. Could somebody clear that up for me?

I also notice that all the kids in the "Hungry Kids" video were slim. Wonder what peoples' reactions to it would have been if the kids had been fat.

I find the problem of obesity disturbing. Every time I go to the supermarket here in Moab I see beautiful young teenage girls who weigh about 200 lbs. It's heartbreaking.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@OHBU

You didn't read the article. Yes trash cans are full, but even the kids still eating the lunches are hungry. My wife teaches at an elementary school. She has said the portions have decreased to but half of what they were last year. And even elementary school kids are complaining they are still hungry. Elementary school aged kids are usually those who are only eating a small portion anyway and running out to get more recess time. Now they are finishing their food and are still complaining about being hungry. And we try to teach our kids how to grow up on their own, despite the left who wishes to hold someones hand. Mom and Dad can't go to school with their kids to make sure they eat all their food.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

If Michelle Obama is so worried about Obese children, why don't we put Physical Education back in. As a kid, I had at least 50 minutes of P.E. everyday in elementary school, now they get it once a week. I had it everyday in Jr. High School, now it is only one semester a year. In High School, it got limited but I played sports year round. How about instead of giving kids free periods or open periods so they don't have to come to school as early or get out early, why not take some more P.E. classes. Really is it bad to have to work to be fit? Or do we think just changing the way we eat at school is going to fix it. These kids are going to be eating whatever they want when they get home or are away from school anyway, so why not go after it another way with more P.E., this is the problem today, kids sit on their rumps feeling entitled.

I had a great friend I played with everyday as a kid, it was called OUTSIDE!

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

When I was in shcool, kids who ate school lunch were "forced" to eat in an unhealthy manner. Now they are "forced" to make healthy choices. Why is one force and the other freedom? Just because that's the way it's always been does make it the proper "choice."

In any case, the vast majority of our children are not forced to do anything. They have the option of bringing their own lunch - full of whatever they find in the family refrigerator - be it healthy or not.

Children who are not getting proper nutrition at home need to have at least one healthy meal each day.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Why don't we have PE in public schools? Because the taxpayers are unwilling to pay for anything that is not related to math scores. My son just graduated for the University of Utah with a degree in PE Teaching. He hopes to be a middle school teacher. His skills are so necessary. There are very few schools who hire "just PE teachers." You have to teach a "real" subject.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

I told my 9th grade son it's time for a National Bag Your Lunch Day to show Congress what the students and parents think of their new rules.

It's time for Utah to get the Feds out of our education.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

This is getting way out of control. Our government is rationing our food. Stop it. What happened to the party of Pro-Choice?

To much taxation, to much regulation, to much debt equals rebellion.

Wonder
Provo, UT

Hey, how about this. If you don't like having your kid eat fruits and veges like the feds are "telling you" to do, then send them Twinkies and brownies from home and they can eat that. Then no one is telling your kids what to eat and they are eating junk just like you want them to. Great parenting by the way -- wah, wah, my kids HAVE to eat fruits and veges. No, they actually don't have to eat them. It's just that YOU have to provide the garbage food, not the taxpayer.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Why do people have children if they can't feed them, buy them glue sticks, pencils, paper, or pencils? Everyone had access to school, yet half our people are on welfare, and whining for what they can take from the others. Schools are suppose to feed our kids?

I don't get it. This is not the same America I grew up with.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

We overeat and now we've taught our children to overeat. No wonder the kids say they're still hungry, now they're just happening to eat the right amounts of food rather than too much.

RunAmuckMom
Salt Lake City, UT

The intentions in the right place. but the plan was not complete. There are many articles by nutrionists, doctors, and trainers alike that food portion along with the what you eat along with frequency is important. They forgot to put that into account with these healthier meals. They needed to allow for increase of the amount of meals during the day, generally every 2 to 3 hours. If a child or adult eats breakfast at 6am it stands that by 8:30 to 9am it's time for another healthy meal, lunch @ noonish followed by a healthy snack a few hours later. These things along with daily routine of school/work and the exercises throughout the day will curb the "feeling hungry" all the time and produce healthier habits and weight results for any body type. (I did say "healthier" not commercial unrealistic body type.) Big brother just forgot to complete the plan.

RunAmuckMom
Salt Lake City, UT

One more thing to add, we should not be counting on our schools to feed our children breakfasts...that is where they can get the resources for morning healthy lite meal in between breakfast and lunch to help get the children through. Working with the right idea, there is room in the balance act for tweeking for sure.

William
over there, UT

Someone should take a video of what Obamas kids get to eat at thier school? Wonder if its the same as my kids?

Wonder
Provo, UT

@William -- What do you think the Obama kids eat? Are you saying you don't think they eat fruits and vegetables? What -- do you think they are secretly eating meatloaf and mashed potatoes while your poor kid has to suffer with salad and a turkey sandwich?

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

More rules made by burocrates (sp) sitting in an office in Washington who are absolutely clueless and figure one size fits all. Our Founding Fathers have to be turning over in their graves and the stupidity that is taking place in our government. Our legislators and their cronies are becoming the Taliban, forcing us to do what they say is right.

Wonder
Provo, UT

@CougarBlue -- How are you forced to eat fruits and vegetables by these guidelines? No one is going to stop you or your kids from eating all the junk food that you want to eat. It's just that now, we the taxpayer, don't have to pay for that kind of junk for lunch. Now we pay for healthy, nutritious food. The horrors!!

mr3futbol
American Fork, UT

The National School Lunch Program became a law in 1946. It is a federally assisted meal program that provides low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. This is not a new program yet so many of you act like it is because of Obama and so-called Socialism that we are providing free lunch. My father and his siblings received free lunch over 50 years ago because his family qualified for the program because of low income. Recently, changes have been made to try and make the lunches healthier. That is it. If you don't like the new lunches there is an easy solution -- Bring one from home.

Nobody is being forced to eat school lunch and Michelle Obama is NOT in your kitchen unless your kitchen is the school cafeteria. I'm sick of people in this state blaming every problem we have on Obama. He is not perfect and has made mistakes but the problems with our country and economy are not that simple and have been around long before Obama took office. Maybe if the political parties decided to work together rather than fight each other our country would have a chance.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Wonder:

"No one is going to stop you or your kids from eating all the junk food that you want to eat."

Didn't you read about an elementary school in North Carolina who took away lunches from children who brought their own. The peanut butter sandwich, fruits, and chips were not up to standards.

Wonder
Provo, UT

@worf -- I do vaguely remember that happening. However, it is the exception and that's why it made the news. It doubt that it's happened anywhere else or we would have heard about it. I agree with you on that one -- schools should not throw out lunches brought from home.

K
Mchenry, IL

They are subsidizing some of the kids lunches. Not all. Some kids show up with the full amount. It's like NY not allowing a large beverage to be sold.

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