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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: request for input: childhood obesity and healthier foods in schools
Date: March 14, 2005 at 11:34 am PST

In Reply to: Re: request for input: childhood obesity and healthier foods in schools posted by Claudine on March 12, 2005 at 3:37 pm:

I too find school lunches unbelievably appalling. Aside from the fact that they are provided from surpluses of fatty cheese, meat and white bread, they are completely lacking in imagination or nutrition. Here's an example of my daughter's school menu: Pretzel with cheese. Gee that's nutritious. Nachos, which consists of chips with gooey cheese on top. Hamburgers and deli sandwiches are white bread with literally nothing except the patty or the meat.

I have found however that people's attitudes are very entrenched, I did a presentation several years ago at the school board regarding the "nutrition information" my child received which was a brochure touting pizza, hamburgers and fries as healthy foods, of course the brochure was put out by -- guess who? The dairy industry. I protested that an industry should not be allowed to advertise their products through a public school and that a school should be the place for true information, not biased advertising. Guess how far I got? Not far. The dairy industry has had a stranglehold on schools for so long that it is not even considered advertising any more, it's just the way it is. I was absolutely disgusted. People do not know how to think for themselves. They are conditioned products of their environment who are literally brainwashed by the meat and dairy industry. I have given up on trying to make a difference -- individually -- but I do believe a difference can be made by large groups.

Therein lies the problem -- not enough people in any given area understand the untruths of the dairy and meat industry and understand what good nutrition really is and also care enough to invest time and energy into trying to change the system.

So I throw that into my bag of cynicism about our culture and society and the way people are taught to think like the crowd, not for themselves, and just do my own thing.

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