After reading this friend’s Facebook status about what she has seen in a dietetics field, I wondered what exactly the USDA was doing to help our youngest generation eat wisely.
This article from the Huffington Post describes the USDA’s reaction to criticism’s given by school cafeteria’s across the nation. Schools said putting limits on meat and grain intake was too big of a restriction. So USDA removed the restriction, all the while considering potatoes (including french fries), and tomato sauce on pizza, vegetables. What’s even more startling is that kids aren’t happy with the new “healthier guidelines.”
Get a load of this:
Is it the media’s fault for children’s attitudes towards healthy food? I think the way food is portrayed to children, on television, radio, online, and everywhere else in the media, has created this idea around what kind of food is acceptable for children to eat, and enables children with a false sense of entitlement; children may believe they are responsible enough to make their own food decisions.
At the end of the video, the USDA representative explains that some tactics are working in a small number of schools. If you read my last post about over consumption cues, tactics the representative describes, including giving dishes more intriguing names, and making food more physically accessible (placing it at the front of the buffet) are some ways in which to use typical over consumption cues for the better.
Farm to School is, in my opinion, a much better way to shift the paradigm around healthy food. Partnering school cafeterias with local farms, and providing children with nutritional education and cooking classes at a young age sparks interest and excitement about the food we eat. That’s how it should be!
What do you think about our society’s battle against childhood obesity?