Study slams Michelle Obama's meals for 'fueling America's obesity epidemic'

Odd that the Michelle-mandated meals have been deemed skimpy and terrible by students yet they are causing children to become fat. But that’s what happens when you get government involved.
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Via Daily Mail: Government-funded school meals are driving the obesity epidemic, a new study warns.
Millions of low-income families rely on subsidized breakfast and lunches at public school to feed their children. But a landmark paper has concluded these fat- and meat-heavy dishes are putting children at risk of being overweight.
It is a damning indictment of Michelle Obama’s years-long meal program.  

Bet what Michelle is eating isn't on the school lunch program...

Bet what Michelle is eating isn’t on the school lunch program…


‘While well-intentioned, these government funded school meal programs that are aimed at making kids healthy are in fact making participating students more at risk of being overweight,’ said Wen You, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
‘This study identifies the hardest battles in crafting policy to alleviate children in low-income populations being overweight.’
The study, published in the journal Health Economics, found that children are more likely to be overweight if they participate in both the school breakfast and lunch programs throughout their schooling years.
That means half their nutrition comes from college kitchens. The longer children participated in school meal programs, the more likely they were to be obese.
‘We found that the longer children were in the programs, the higher their risk of being overweight. We also saw the most negative effect of the government-funded school meal programs in the South, the Northeast, and rural areas of the country,’ You said.
‘The question now is what to do in order to not just fill bellies, but make sure those children consume healthy and nutritious food – or at least not contribute to the obesity epidemic.’
They found that long-term participation posed the largest risk of being overweight. 
The study utilized a nationally representative longitudinal data of 21, 260 students who were followed from kindergarten to eighth grade and controlled for the self-selection and income effects to examine school meal programs’ influence on student’s body mass index z-score changes.
The study utilized statistical methods to match students who were eligible and chose not to participate in the school meal programs with students who chose to participate to ensure comparability.  The team also examined a subgroup of students who changed their program participation status along the way and confirmed the short-term risk of being overweight imposed by the school lunch program.
The study reveals the need for improving the school meal programs’ effectiveness at promoting better nutrition among school-age children. 
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Although the research is limited at looking at the school meal programs as a whole, it uncovers the need to go beyond merely raising nutrition standards.
The authors say policymakers need to comprehensively design programs to enable schools to provide healthy food that meets standards and is appetizing to children. ‘Policymakers need to consider all the aspects of school meal programs – from availability and affordability to nutritional content and tastiness. It is important to have extra policy support that will allow funding for programs such as chef-to-school and farm-to-school, as well as culinary training for cafeteria staff so kids actually enjoy eating what is ultimately prepared for them,’ said You.
‘This study also helps to identify the regions that are most in need and calls for targeted policy design,’ she said.
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Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago

The study, published in the journal Health Economics, found that children are more likely to be overweight if they participate in both the school breakfast and lunch programs throughout their schooling years.
The solution, obviously, is to abolish the taxpayer-subsidized government school-lunch program. Instead, the proposed non-solution is even MORE government.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I just have a couple of things to say about this. First, by who’s authority does “she” “MANDATE” anything? She is not a federal official. She is not a lawmaker. She is not supposed to be on the payroll or feeding at the public trough. What expertise does she bring to this subject? She was a lawyer (so they say), for God’s sake! It won’t be long before we have as many unemployed lawyers as there are psychologists. Government is FULL of disbarred lawyers. To top it off, this gorilla of a “woman”, has the effrontery to go about spouting… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

P.S., Besides, “she” has a bigger bulge than Hillary.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Both excellent questions. As to feeding, apparently people are more than happy to be irresponsible if someone else wants to do their job. Education could go either way. If one is capable they certainly have that option. Of course not everyone can even afford to do that if they have to work too. I think its a bigger question that we have to worry about what they do with our kids in school. Schools should be teaching, not indoctrinating. Schools are controlled in the same way that local governments are. The federal government uses money. The schools, always hungry for… Read more »

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

You’re LUCKY anymore if your child gets an incompetent teacher (and the odds are good of this, especially with younger teachers due to teacher training and the type of people teaching seems to attract). It’s the COMPETENT teachers that worry me the most. And then there are the psychopaths. My son had one of those in the 5th grade. Imagine getting your jollies from terrifying a class full of 11 year olds…one of only two male teachers in the whole school, and one was a psychopath and the other was biding his time until retirement. Our tax dollars, hard at… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

I hear ya’! I have a number of bad teacher stories, both my own and with my kids. I had an algebra teacher try to throw me out of a third-story window once in high school.
I’ve had one interject herself between my son and his girlfriend at the time. Public school is the Earth’s armpit.

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Stupid question, but WHY is the GOVERNMENT feeding children instead of parents? Hell, why is the government educating children instead of the parents?
I’m sorry…I’ll crawl back into my hole now. ?

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

Recynd, I meant for my comment to show up below your. Sorry.

vrajavala
3 years ago

She’s a failed lawyer. Has she ever studied nutrition?
I bet her girls don’t eat like the rest of the kids. That’s for sure.
She wants to raise other people’s kids and her oldest is already smoking dope.

MA in MO
3 years ago

Dr. E. That is exactly what I was going to say. Get rid of the school lunch program altogether. There are enough food bank programs now that children could pick up their weeks worth of school food from the food banks, thus saving schools millions of dollars nationwide. If the children show up hungry or without their food then it would give family services something to do — besides cause trouble for innocents — to check up on that family. Family services will never go away.

Shannon Brown
Shannon Brown
3 years ago

Funny, here in the San Diego school districts taxpayers now have to pay for halal food for the Muslim children which consists of organic chicken,fresh greens and No pork while the rest of the kids get mystery meat and food bank food!!! Let’s not forget that this is all (FREE). KIND OF LIKE COLLEGE wink wink. Of course nothing mentioned about how rude these people are because they at multiplying throughout North County, East County and South County of San Diego. Time to do what the Hispanic are doing, fleeing California. What a nightmare.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Smooth move there, Michelle…comment image

Ophelia Rass
Ophelia Rass
3 years ago

Bleeeeeeeeeeech.

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christy
christy
3 years ago

I have mentioned cutting out the school lunch program several times and have gotten looks like I had 3 heads. They always complain about budget cuts but I guess it is a cash cow for schools around here (OK). I have seen the food they serve and it looks terrible and most of it ends up in the trash so kids aren’t getting much nutrition at all. My kids bring their lunch by choice and while we still have the freedom to do so. I agree that this article just wants more government involvement and even MORE money spent on… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  christy

The more people are willing to go to government and ask for a “fix”, the worse it will get. They want us all totally dependent. I suppose this could be somewhat acceptable if they were competent. They are not. Everyone seems to be in the “either/or” mode. How about some creativity. If you have a food bank, and people can’t afford food, why don’t they go there? Why would the school want to do anything else but teach? We all know they have become social indoctrination centers. They are paid to be. “Your” government has co-opted them and turned them… Read more »

christy
christy
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

I think we feed them over the summer as well, which totally floored me. Do we bus them to the school to give them free food? I just think somewhere along the line it’s the parents job to make sure their kids get fed. Next it will be school supplies. Every time I turn around there are boxes to donate school supplies. To whom, the family in line next to me on their I-phones?

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  christy

I wasn’t aware of that. They feed them through summer too? Wow. Well, they want us totally dependent.
Good comment about the I-phones too. I see homeless people camped on corners with signs talking on their I-phones. I wonder if anyone else gets the irony.

Shannon Brown
Shannon Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Awesome comments everyone! A few things to comment on, getting food from the food banks (which we have had to do in 08 when we lost our jobs) and let me tell you the veggies they give are rotten bruised and mealy fruit and a box or two of off brand Mac n cheese and cans of tuna and day old bread. Thank God we have had a garden for the last 14 years which really got us through until work came. I homeschool our daughter since 2nd grade but California is getting tougher on that so we have found… Read more »

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  Shannon Brown

Shannon: please know, that just because I don’t think it’s the government’s job to feed or educate our kids DOESN’T mean I think your kids (or anyone’s, for that matter) should starve. I’m all in favor of feeding hungry people, but I think it should be done through private charitable organizations. Anyway, sometimes I suspect I come across rather harshly; any harshness is meant for the government, not ordinary people. My own family has gone through periods of “famine” ourselves; I truly can empathize. God bless you, and you’ll be in my prayers. I’m in CA too; stick with homeschooling… Read more »

Shannon Brown
Shannon Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

I totally agree with you. It is Not the job of the Fed’s to feed our children. It is us parents to teach our children to grow gardens and think for themselves and most important of all…to now the Truth through God’s Word. Praying for you and your family too. Thank you for the wonderful kind comment also. Sometimes when commenting online it looks to be written out of anger when really it’s out of love. Peace be with you….

Dave
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Dave
3 years ago

I’m guessing there is a huge black market for Snickers bars in goobermint skewels.
Hell, If I were one of the goobermint skewel captives, I’d be making a killing.
Smuggling is a time honored tradition in America, as many of our founders were up to their eyeballs in it in order to stick it to King George III. 😀

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

I have an almost-19 year old son who is bright and ambitious and as “awake” as any I’ve ever known. We unschooled him since 7th grade, and he’s been working in the field of his choice since the day he turned 16. His dad/my husband is more traditional (he’s a college professor) and tends to push the college route, even still; I have always taught our son to look where the herd is going, then run the opposite direction. I have also counseled flexibility, including not discounting opportunities that are less than “legitimate”. Part of what my son does for… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

Excellent, that’s what I would expect from you. Having “skills” will be vitally important if anyone is to have a future. College, per se, will not provide that. Luckily for me I was always able to do both. Trading fiat money for precious metals is good. Don’t forget that it is extremely likely that “your” government will confiscate it. So, if you want to have something to fall back on it better be hidden where you can get to it and they can’t. When we lived in Humboldt County California, there was a time right before they rescinded the artificial… Read more »

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Good advice, every word. One of the things my son uses to his advantage is knowing that he’s often underestimated–or discounted entirely–because of his age (he looks even younger than he is). He’s a wiley one, strategic. He didn’t get that from me! He DID get his cynicism from me, which can be a very useful tool if wielded correctly and judiciously. Our brain is what sets us apart from other predators; that, and the Holy Spirit. Without those, we are mere animals. It’s terrible that so many of us willingly drug/abuse the one (brain) and reject the other (the… Read more »

Glenn47
Glenn47
3 years ago

Not only is the program’s killing our children, we had great school lunches btw, but the lack of activity. They have done away with gym classes in many areas and they refuse to encourage the kids put down their phones and actually go outside and play. There is little structure for activity and it can be free, just move. And I blame the parents just as much for not putting a limit on idleness.
We are letting our children down and they know no other life.
The best thing to happen in years is this Pokemon go fad.

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  Glenn47

Did you know that Pokemon Go was funded by the CIA? No joke, check out In-Q-Tel.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

Yeah, I heard that. Again, how weak-minded does someone have to be to get into something like that? I know that they were studying how effectively they could control people’s movements with this.
I’m afraid I’m such a disappointment. I can’t be induced to participate in organized idiocy.

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago

Hey, since its the weekend. Let’s hear something good. I love this girl:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErkIBzItpQY

Recynd77
3 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Wow, gorgeous…the song, the performance, and the artist. The backup band is excellent, to…the trumpet player is right on.
Does the host mind if we post off-topic? I’m too new to break any rules. (I’m not really new-new; I’ve been subscribed for years, but only occasionally commented.)