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Chicago school bans homemade lunches.
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Okay I am Going to keep this short and sweet on my opinion this is the most stupid and piece of bs I have heard of in my life really?? REALLY? Come the hell on.... There are really no words that can over come my anger for this right now... but well what's your opinion on this? Are you for or agaisnt this ban? I think you know where I stand on this....
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110411/us_yblog_thelookout/chicago-school-bans-homemade-lunches-the-latest-in-national-food-fight#mwpphu-container
Here is some info quoted from the article in case you don't want to click on it.

Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food--or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," principal Elsa Carmona told the paper of the years-old policy. "It's about ... the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke."

But students said they would rather bring their own lunch to school in the time-honored tradition of the brown paper bag. "They're afraid that we'll all bring in greasy food instead of healthy food and it won't be as good as what they give us at school," student Yesenia Gutierrez told the paper. "It's really lame."
Posted 4/12/11
My school cafeteria served nothing but shit and fatty food. I always took sandwiches.

Thats crazy, I'd sneak in some food from home.

Posted 4/12/11
That's insane. People have a choice man. If their preference is restricted too, then school is just hell to them. Pity those kids.
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If they followed the money trail, I bet it would lead back to some politicians who have a stake in whatever company sells the food to the school
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Ridicules. It's pretty obvious the school is doing it for the money, and last time I checked, home lunches were pretty healthy compared to the crap served at school.
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lol
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Sometimes it's appropriate to bring in tough measures. It sucks not to be taught or shown healthy customs. I say inform them like they were with the alphabet about healthy eating. That way at least they'll know what's good for them and will always have that option if they want to treat themselves to healthy eating habits.
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AdamIdris101 wrote:

Sometimes it's appropriate to bring in tough measures. It sucks not to be taught or shown healthy customs. I say inform them like they were with the alphabet about healthy eating. That way at least they'll know what's good for them and will always have that option if they want to treat themselves to healthy eating habits.


funny thing about school food here is thought when I ate it i gained 20ibs in a month's time but when I started to bring my own lunch and eat healthy "frozen dinners" etc it helped and I lost the weight. School lunches differ from country to country bro, and America doesn't have some of the healthiest lunches around I can not speak for your country though.
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So what they are trying to say is..... Parents don't feed their kids healthy food.....interesting. (i find this an argument starter).

If the school food is crappy I would rather starve. I'm just that picky
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Hahahaha, America never fails to impress me, but seriously now, what the ass is this rule about, you can´t just decide what others are supposed to eat.

Even if the students DID bring fatty food with them, it is the choice of the students, it doesn´t have anything to do with the school (in my opinion, this is nothing but opression, I can decide well enough myself what I´m supposed to eat).

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?
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Its okay i guess because they do get a good food that is healthy. But they should starve to death for not buying school lunch. Home lunches is an option and not a written rule.
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Eh, I don't support them banning home made lunches, my school may have had healthy food (or maybe I just have a high metabolism and can't gain weight) cause while in school I never weighed more than 145 pounds. Granted, the food I ate had lettuce and tomatoes in it, pretty much I ate taco salad everyday. Well, I stand on the "against" side of banning homemade lunches.

Edit: Also, not everyone can afford to buy school lunches and yet make too much money to get on the free lunch program. So it kinda makes it hard for the families that are on that rare middle ground where you make both too much and not enough at the same time.
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Change in Chicago's school cafeterias feeds into a larger effort to combat the country's childhood obesity epidemic. About a third of America's kids are overweight or obese, and since children consume at least 30 percent of their calories while in school, making lunches healthier is seen as one way to counter that problem

And yet around the country we are reducing classes with physical activity in all levels of education especially elementary. (Last I heard the kids go twice a week for 30 minutes, to gym that is.) The hell is up with that? Not everyone can afford to, wants to, or will, go to college. So stop cutting the damned shop classes and teach us how to earn a paycheck! (Hmm, didn't really stay on topic there, did I?)

To answer the original question;

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," principal Elsa Carmona told the paper of the years-old policy. "It's about ... the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke."

I'm sorry folks, but when I was in school and ate their steam cooked lunches, I didn't have a damned idea what they were feeding me. I doubt that any of it wasn't processed at some point, on a production line by robots. The most interesting thing in this statement is the ... representing a summation. What else did she say? It's milk versus a coke alright. But then you at least have a choice between the two.

Anyway. Personally if the school wants to regulate what their students eat closely is all right in my books. However school lunches are pretty expensive when you look at, say, each week. The price the article gave was $2.25 for one lunch. Okay let's take a 5 day school week into account here. After the math you end up with roughly $11.25 each week! AT my old high school it was only served at about $1.40, but after a week the money still adds up. So with that knowledge, banning students from bringing home lunches is a bad move given the current state of the economy. There are kids who get free and reduced priced lunches, the article reports that this number makes up 86% of the student population however I'm skeptical about that.
Regardless, I just think that the bureaucrats are trying to control the growing generations even more as they attempt to "help" them by making them "better" people.
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Wow.
Just an excuse for schools to get more money.
Kids should sneak lunch in school.
Screw that school lol.
Healthy, yes.
Fair, no.
Isn't this in the U.S.?
People have a right to eat what they want for lunch.
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akutsu24 wrote:

Its okay i guess because they do get a good food that is healthy. But they should starve to death for not buying school lunch. Home lunches is an option and not a written rule.


not really as i stated in my previous post I actually gained weight but this was back in 03/04 but I highly doubt school food has changed that much. There are kids that are diabetic, with hyperglycemia and so forth, so what's the school going to do about that? Raised taxes on people in order to provide those alternatives which schools will never offer.. I don't know I am getting really sick of this crap...
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