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Schools contribute to shame and craving of “forbidden foods”

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

More insanity with the schools around food… It is getting worse, people. When it happens to your child, please make a stand and tell the schools it’s not OK…

My daughter’s school is a “sweet-free zone”. There is even a poster in one of the classes that shows a cupcake with a big slash through it and a big declaration, “This is a sweet-free zone!” M came home the other day  confused as to why Mrs. W. was giving the other teachers brownies, but not the kids… Handing out brownies to the teachers, in front of the kids, and none for the kids, and it’s in theory, verboten? It is all so messed up, I find myself routinely throwing my hands in the air, and a big “Really!?”

From my facebook page a reader shares: “My kindergartener last year had her fruit Gushers that I had packed for her snack to take to school taken away and held up in front of the class as an example of what not to bring for a snack. Also my then 1st grader a few years ago took a packed lunch to school and I had packed a small snack sized Skittles pkg for a surprise dessert and she was horrified when 2 of the lunch ladies argued over the top of her in front of her friends whether or not she should be allowed to eat it. In both instances the school had to listen to a tongue-lashing from me. I was shocked when the head Nutrition Services said it was probably okay for my daughter to eat the Skittles since she is not “overweight”.  So if she were she couldn’t eat them?…

This is wrong on so many levels. A North Carolina school forcing kids to take a full lunch when the packed meal lacked a “vegetable,” kids being told to eat “real” food before desserts.

What have you encountered? Will they next serve different foods to “overweight” kids, refuse to let them have 1% milk, or scold them if they choose a dessert? None of this is helping our kids learn to eat and enjoy food. What these kids experienced at the hands of the school officials was a hostile environment, can I even say, bullying?

More “school nutrition” horror stories…

My post about “sweet free” schools and a healthier approach.

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  1. E

    That’s terrifying! I’m so worried about the food problems this upcoming generation will have, with such institutionalized shaming. But perhaps there will be enough of a backlash to at least make the option of a different way of thinking available to more people.

  2. Jessi Williams

    This post is so timely. My daughter’s kindergarten teacher just sent a note home that they are having their “health” units and one includes a nutrition unit. I wish I had a guide for the discussion I plan on having with her teachers during our conference on Thursday (don’t suppose there will be one hanging around the resource section of the website?) :) I hate to have her missing school but dealing with the casual-day-to-day remarks are hard enough. I think I want to avoid the frontal assault. :)

    • katja

      Yes, I think I would probably keep her out of school. Its all so tough. I will add it to my resource list… If I knew in advance, I would keep her out, I am guessing I won’t hear about it in advance, and the schools are doing a new and improved way of integrating “nutrition” info into math, social sciences, art, etc… Ack

  3. Sam

    Insanity is right! I can’t really wrap my head around why any school staff or education professional(s) think using a student’s meal as an example of what not to eat would be appropriate on any level. What a bizarre and confusing message to send to kids! Would the same actions be taken for poor grades or bad behavior?

    Fortunately I have not encountered this but I imagine it’s only a matter of time until I do! The focus in my son’s preschool seems to be on having fun, and while they have a snack, it’s not overly emphasized. They do have frequent parties, and the sign up includes desserts, snack items and fruit. So far, no rules about the food; it’s all pretty neutral from what I’ve observed. I do have concerns when they enter elementary school and look forward to the opportunity to discuss these issues with others. In fact, bring it on!

    • katja

      Bring it on, is right! It can get tiring though, to always feel like you are fighting the good fight, while others think you are being “irresponsible” and in denial… Keep me posted. Sounds like your son is in a fabulous, and rare place!

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