Mike Huckabee News
I interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama when she was first launching her campaign to get kids exercising and eating healthy. I’m sure she was well-intentioned, and I agree that childhood obesity is a serious problem, one that leads to chronic diseases that account for most of our out-of-control health care costs. And the CDC reports that for whatever reason, childhood obesity rates have finally started dropping. But one aspect of her campaign – the federal takeover and makeover of school lunches – is facing a nationwide backlash.
Parents are up in arms, saying their kids can’t learn because they’re so hungry. There is no provision in the guidelines to recognize the difference between a 250 pound linebacker and a 90 pound cheerleader…..There are two reasons for why a lot of these kids are ending up just plain hungry: the strict federal limits on fat, carbs and calories aren’t giving them enough food to fill them up, and many kids just won’t eat the food that’s being forced on them, like dark brown whole wheat bread and chocolate skim milk. All this hunger is the result of the ironically-named “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which got Washington involved in local school cafeterias by providing federal funds in exchange for control over the menu.
Now, school boards across America are deciding that not even all that federal sugar can make kids swallow this gruel. Last week, angry parents swamped a school board meeting in Harlan County, Kentucky, to complain that their kids say the healthy federal lunches “taste like vomit.” And a school board near Schenectady, New York, voted unanimously to pull out of the federal lunch program, even though they’ll lose $150,000 in federal funds. They say it doesn’t improve kids’ nutrition to give them healthy food that they hate so much, it goes straight from the tray into the trash can. In other words, you can lead a kid to watercress, but you can’t make him eat. But maybe it did provide a valuable “teachable moment.” Adults learned that they need to make healthy food tastier to get kids to eat it. And kids have learned at an early age that just because the federal government tries to force something on you, that doesn’t mean you have to swallow it.