There was a current information report about faculties realizing that delicate drink machines and snack machines are contributing to the childhood weight problems epidemic that’s sweeping our nation. I marvel what number of tens of millions of dollars they needed to spend on a research to determine that one out.
The report said that a number of faculties have been pulling out the machines with chips, cookies and sweet bars and changing them with machines that have been refrigerated so they might carry more healthy and brisker snacks. They indicated that the machines can be loaded with nice stuff like humus and carrot sticks, issues that youngsters might eat with out gaining weight.
Now I perceive the will to make the meals our youngsters eat more healthy. We have educated a whole era or two of youngsters that snacking is cool and enjoyable. Then we came upon that if we loaded up our faculties with these things, they might make more cash for the varsity’s slush fund. We have created a monster and now we’re making an attempt to determine the right way to tame it.
But when our answer to an obese faculty inhabitants is to offer them with wholesome snacks as an alternative of sugar and fats laden snacks, we’re sadly mistaken. Kids do not eat snacks as a result of they’re hungry, they eat snacks as a result of they’re tasty and obtainable. Snacks are a supply of leisure consuming with little or no dietary worth and negatively contribute to our youngsters consuming habits.
Those who promote the thought of wholesome snacks in class clearly do not have youngsters. Can you see your ten yr previous or your teenager going to a merchandising machine and placing of their $P to get humus or recent carrot sticks? I cannot even think about mine doing it. My spouse remembers her faculty having a merchandising machine with apples. No one ate apples.
The solely attainable constructive consequence I see to this concept is that our youngsters won’t eat snacks in class….. wait a minute, that is an incredible concept. Maybe there’s a technique to this insanity, a silver lining in a darkish cloud and one thing that we should always all get behind.
Let’s all get collectively and get behind this motion to place wholesome snacks in faculties. I assume an incredible mixture of snacks would look one thing like this.
A1 – Tofu cubes
A2 – Rice muffins
A3 – Humus
A4 – Asparagus ideas
B1 – Boiled egg whites
B2 – Cubed cucumbers
B3 – Freeze dried avocado
O A – Dehydrated broccoli
If we play our playing cards proper and cargo these machines up with stuff that no child of their proper thoughts would eat, we’ll have our youngsters kicking the snack behavior very quickly.
Snacking is a behavior that our society has developed during the last 50 years to so, ever since youngsters stopped carry sack lunches to high school. Snacks of chips, cookies, candies and the like are one of many main culprits within the obese drawback we now have on this nation. And they eat these snacks as a result of they like them, not as a result of they’re good for them.
Let’s not idiot ourselves into considering youngsters will eat wholesome meals as a result of that is what we inform them. After all, they do not take heed to anything we are saying.
By Lawrence T Allen