Now, if they could only get the rest of the junk out of the schools!
Nothing makes me cringe more than to hear a parent say of their overweight child "S/he won't eat anything other than McDonalds". Kids are not born with Happy Meals in their hands. This sort of problem is learned behavior. Even if parents do their best to make sure their kids eat lean proteins and lots of vegetables and fruits, their efforts may be washed away by the food their kids get served at school. Greasy, highly processed McChicken chunks. French fries. Pizza. The few vegetables they serve are rarely cooked in a way that makes them appetizing. Everything is low quality, based on the cheapest ingredients they can get.
When I read our local school lunch menu, I nearly gagged. I knew what type of extremely low quality ingredients went into it. They put that in their mouths? I feel sorry for the children because they don't understand. I realize, of course, that there are plenty of children who would not have a lunch at all if it were not for the lunches provided by the schools. But that's not what this is about. It used to be about responsibility to our children. Now it's all about profit and loss.