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    Do you agree with limiting the calories in a school lunch by AGE?

    For the first time, school lunches must have age-aligned calorie maximums, capping the amount of calories high school students eat to around 850 calories. The new restrictions all come from the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are funded by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 ? legislation promoted by Michelle Obama.

    While the changes may seem like a step in a healthier direction, not all students are finding them so tasty. On Monday, about 70 percent of the 830 students at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin who typically buy their lunch boycotted the school?s cafeteria, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. The high schoolers were joined by middle schoolers in the district, reducing the number of lunches sold by half.

    According to the Journal Sentinel, the Mukwonago School District is not alone, as many other schools nationwide are also reporting students frustrated with the new rules.

    One such student from Mukwonago High, Nick Blohm, said the healthier food is not so much the problem as it is portion size. A 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound linebacker, Blohm said he burns around 3,000 calories during three hours of football practice and weight training. He?s also the class president, and he?s taking various Advanced Placement classes. But the new caps, he said, are making it harder to perform both physically and academically.

    "A lot of us are starting to get hungry even before the practice begins," Blohm told the Journal Sentinel. "Our metabolisms are all sped up."

    Read more: High school students boycott school cafeteria over new lunch restrictions | Fox News
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    Yeah, I don't think calorie caps are the way to go. For someone like me, 850 calories would be plenty for lunch (I try to keep mine around 500-600 when I'm not pregnant), but as they pointed out in the article, there are kids that are heavily active (or in a growth spurt, or just have a really high metabolism) who definitely need more than the standard 2000 for an adult. I think they should offer healthy nutrient-rich foods, but not restrict the amounts.
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    I agree!!

    What's funny is that this is from:

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are funded by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Yeah, I don't think calorie caps are the way to go. For someone like me, 850 calories would be plenty for lunch (I try to keep mine around 500-600 when I'm not pregnant), but as they pointed out in the article, there are kids that are heavily active (or in a growth spurt, or just have a really high metabolism) who definitely need more than the standard 2000 for an adult. I think they should offer healthy nutrient-rich foods, but not restrict the amounts.
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    I am not a fan of calorie restriction. Calorie intake is not the same for everyone as it is clearly pointed out.

    What we need to do is put money back into school lunches. Focus on homemade lunches made in the cafeteria with food kids will eat. Side salads and water as part of the meal. Fresh fruits as well. and not the carted in crap that is typical for school lunches (that's what we had...some company brought in the food and was so gross so most kids would eat chips and french fries for lunch). I think allowing kids to leave school to buy fast food is also an idea that needs to stop. I was floored by the amount of schools that allow this!

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    850 calories is totally reasonable for MOST high school students. If it isn't, then they are more than welcome to supplement their meal with their own foods. There is not a restriction on bringing in a sandwich to augment your meal, or a restriction on eating before, during, after practice.

    Our kids are FAT. Our nation is FAT. Heck, many of our football players are fat. We have to start somewhere and it is hard for me to feel sympathetic about a few high school athletes who need to eat more than 850 calories/meal (which really is a lot. Most eat a 2000 calorie diet, 850 calories at each meal would put you at 2500 calories for the day....and likely have you packing on pounds.)

    When I was a HS athlete, we would snack before practice and after practice. Yes, we consumed a lot of calories (swimming will do that)-- but it wasn't the school's or government's responsibility to provide all of those calories. School lunches are a safety net for hungry kids, but they shouldn't be expected to meet the high end of calorie needs IMO.
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    I do not believe calorie caps are the way to go, every child has very different needs. I hope that we can do a better job of teaching our children what their individual needs are, then help them meet those needs.

    The other thought that crosses my mind are the kids that are only getting food at school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    850 calories is totally reasonable for MOST high school students. If it isn't, then they are more than welcome to supplement their meal with their own foods. There is not a restriction on bringing in a sandwich to augment your meal, or a restriction on eating before, during, after practice.

    Our kids are FAT. Our nation is FAT. Heck, many of our football players are fat. We have to start somewhere and it is hard for me to feel sympathetic about a few high school athletes who need to eat more than 850 calories/meal (which really is a lot. Most eat a 2000 calorie diet, 850 calories at each meal would put you at 2500 calories for the day....and likely have you packing on pounds.)

    When I was a HS athlete, we would snack before practice and after practice. Yes, we consumed a lot of calories (swimming will do that)-- but it wasn't the school's or government's responsibility to provide all of those calories. School lunches are a safety net for hungry kids, but they shouldn't be expected to meet the high end of calorie needs IMO.
    Ditto this. School lunches should be a reasonable number of calories for the majority of students. I see no reason why a few football players, or perhaps the team itself, can't provide their own snacks for before & after practice. That's when the players need those extra calories, not at lunch time.
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    Assuming you get fed breakfast and dinner at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    Assuming you get fed breakfast and dinner at home.
    Why would you have to assume that? If they are also eating breakfast at school, their total would be above 850.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post

    The other thought that crosses my mind are the kids that are only getting food at school.
    DH and I both teach. I am in elementary and majority of our students are free or reduced meal children. These kids often only eat at school. Thats breakfast and lunch , and often they go without dinner. I know that our school does food drives with our staff before holidays (long weekends, winter break etc) because during those times the children have nothing to eat. It is heartbreaking, and many don't see how bad off the kids are.... They come to school and can't concentrate and when you ask them what's going on the answer is often "I'm not sure if we will have dinner tonight" DH teaches high school and his students complain that the portion size is so much smaller and they are hungry again before school lets out. These are kids who are from families that can't afford to supplement the lunch with food from home. I think that they should not have a cap...often times the teenagers have much higher metabolisms and it has nothing to do with whether they are a sports player or not. too many of our kids only get 2 meals a day for 5 days of the week...... if they need extra calories during those meals let them have it. They won't be packing on pounds the 2 days they DONT get 2 meals... or the 7 days there is no dinner....

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