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    While I can see why they want to control calories, I can't get on board with it. I don't think it's the right way to go. I am more about educating, empowering, people to make their own good choices than being their food dictator. Until people can do this themselves it doesn't really matter what kind of food restrictions we make. I know we have an obesity problem in the U.S. but honestly exerting controls over people imho is just not the way to go. I am not saying to give unlimited, very unhealthy food and hope the best for them. I am just saying give nutrient-dense food, without worrying about staying within x calories. I also think these regulations could exacerbate teen eating disorders. I honestly feel like we get too obsessive one way or the other. We have to learn moderation and in the middle of the exercise/eating extremes. So I am with educational programs and increased physical activities. I think a child's appetite as long as the child is offered healthy choices is the absolute best gauge of how much to eat. I remember as a teen I was super active and I ate like crazy all of the time. I was so hungry so if someone limited my food (and I was able to eat as much as I wanted of healthy stuff and I was very skinny) then I'd have been kind of sick looking. I can see that happening to my kids as well. I allow their appetite to dictate how much food they get, but I offer reasonable, nutrient-dense foods.

    ETA: I agree with those who say sometimes teens need really a lot more calories than the normal, average range. Boys go through growth spurts like CRAZY and gain a lot of muscle mass and such when they hit puberty. Girls also tend to gain some extra fat etc during puberty, but for the most part their height and such level off by 12-14. Boys tend to halt around 16 in height etc. These growth spurts demand more food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myyams View Post
    ETA: I agree with those who say sometimes teens need really a lot more calories than the normal, average range. Boys go through growth spurts like CRAZY and gain a lot of muscle mass and such when they hit puberty. Girls also tend to gain some extra fat etc during puberty, but for the most part their height and such level off by 12-14. Boys tend to halt around 16 in height etc. These growth spurts demand more food.
    This is true of my 16 year old son right now. He is thin as a rail and is eating constantly. He puts away huge plates full of food and I have no idea where he puts it all. He is also in cross country and I buy him tons of granola bars and things like that to put in his backpack because he is always hungry at school because they run very early in the morning before school.
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    But my understanding is that the limit is on portion size-- not total consumption. So the kids are given a typically portioned meal with X number of calories. But that isn't to say that they can't eat more.

    At my kids' school there is the standard entree (that has X number of calories)-- but then they can take as much as they want from the salad/fruit bar....

    Did anyone see the front of USA Today about obesity in the US? The current models show that 50% of our nation will be OBESE by 2030. OBESE. We have a major problem on our hands here and I feel like many of you think 850 calories are too few for MOST kids. Do you really believe that?

    We can't control how families are spending their TANF or SNAP monies, but if their kids are getting free breakfast and lunch and they aren't providing dinner with the funds we as a country are providing, do we really want to feed all of the other kids enough food that they gain weight? Seems like we are allowing the rare exception to make the rule-- kwim?
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    I agree that food can be supplemented but that means purchasing another lunch even for those not receiving benefits.

    Salad bar at my school was another pay by the ounce I think option. I don't believe it was included in free/reduced lunch only the hot meals.

    I do agree with their recommendations on what HAS to be included. I think that's an awesome guideline. But to say sorry you can't have more than X is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    But my understanding is that the limit is on portion size-- not total consumption. So the kids are given a typically portioned meal with X number of calories. But that isn't to say that they can't eat more.
    They not only reduced the portions they raised the price. I don't blame all the students for boycotting and bringing their own food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    But my understanding is that the limit is on portion size-- not total consumption. So the kids are given a typically portioned meal with X number of calories. But that isn't to say that they can't eat more.

    At my kids' school there is the standard entree (that has X number of calories)-- but then they can take as much as they want from the salad/fruit bar....
    I would feel much better about it if it was/is fixed portions for the main dish, accompanied by an unlimited salad/fruit bar.
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    I dont know about the salad/fruit bar at the schools you guys have been in lately but at the public school my kids went to it was only iceberg lettuce with heavy ranch dressing, so no nutritional value and then all the fruit was canned in heavy syrup. Unless that has changed I dont know how much good salad bars are going to be for helping with nutrition
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    I was picturing a good one with real vegetables and fresh fruit.
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    Just curious-can those on free/reduced meal plans go back for seconds without getting charged? it seems like the easiest way to fix this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    Just curious-can those on free/reduced meal plans go back for seconds without getting charged? it seems like the easiest way to fix this.
    Not exactly. You can't go through the line a second time, but you can pick up anything that no one else wants at the end of the line. Kids who don't want something can set it down, and kids who want more can pick it up. Our school doesn't have room for leftovers at the "cafeteria" doorway so we have a sharing table in the room where the kids eat. It's always full of fruits & veggies that no one wants, and sometimes there's even a hot entree there! There's absolutely no reason why a child on the free/reduced plan can't get enough to eat. And since most of the food is packaged, you could easily grab 4 or 5 packs of carrots or apple slices or crackers to munch on later.
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