Keep in mind that many schools actually do not ALLOW parents to pack their chldren's lunches - why? Food allergies. Peanut butter sandwiches are pretty much OUT in the district where I live because there's too much of a chance that some kid with an allergy will get a hold of it and then, boom, hospital trip. (You know how kids are - they often trade food items at lunch, or at least I did!)
Yes, I know that individuals are ultimately responsible for their behavior. However, I am quite intelligent. Iím very persistent and Iím fortunate to have many resources available to me. Many others are not as lucky.
Yet, even I am often surprised by the ingredients in my groceries when I finally have time to read them. Iím annoyed at the labels designed to confuse and hide the facts. I resent the fact that I have to continue to carefully monitor labels on items that once were fine and suddenly have changed their ingredients without any warning.
So my wish is that corporations with time, money and resources would HELP us follow a healthy lifestyle and not scatter roadblocks and detours in our path. Perhaps that is too much to ask when profit is the ultimate motive.
don't like the blame game. If you don't like it don't eat there. Schools should be better but there is always the opp to take your lunch too
11/1/2013 1:20:38 AM
Boy, look at all the self-righteous comments below! Yes, ultimately we as individuals are responsible for what we put into our mouths, but let's not discount the power of carefully researched and thought out marketing influences. We are human and prone to human weaknesses, and the food industry has done considerable research to capitalize on those weaknesses. I know that I do much better with my weight loss when I do not beat myself up -- and part of that is recognizing that my ways of coping are borne out of the influences I had growing up. These habits are hard to break, which is a big part of why so many of us are obese -- not because we're unmotivated, lazy, undisciplined slobs, which is what is suggested when articles such as this one are dissed. I only wish this article were better written and included references to some of the studies done.
8/17/2013 6:59:55 AM
It's unbelievable to see what parents pack in their children's lunches these days. Too many choices, lots of packaged snacks, sugary drinks, and packaged lunches in plastic containers containing processed, junky cheese, crackers, and meat. Some people blame the cost of healthy food for that, but I think it's a matter of just doing what's convenient. Why aren't these children buying milk at school? And a peanut butter sandwich does not cost all that much.
I too disagree with this article....it is my fault that I am obese...not any government agency, not any fast food business, not anyone else but me. I made my choices...albeit poor choices, as I am now making a choice to do something about it. We need to stop blaming our choices and behaviors on someone else! Sadly, it looks like the last generation that really believed in personal accountability was the generation before mine. Lets try to set an example instead of placing blame...
I do not believe in finger pointing. You are responsible for what you and your children put in your bodies.
3/15/2012 7:56:56 AM
Ultimately the person responsible for what I eat is me - I read labels, research food, check out restaurant web sites to look before I "Leap". Blaming someone else is always an easy way out and one we as a society do to much of. Until we take responsibility for our own actions nothing will change in ourselves and our bodies - regardless of what others do!
I don't think I agree. Ultimately the only one responsible for what I shovel into my mouth is me!!! I am not going to place the blame anywhere except with me!!!
6/4/2011 6:56:24 PM
The human species is really bad at moderation. We don't want a healthy balanced diet with a treat now and then, we want treats all the time with the occassional carrot to make us feel better about ourselves. Or, we completely the other way and ban all sugar, fat, and (insert dietary evil of the day here) from our lives. We just cannot seem to exist with any kind of balance. True health is all about personal responsibility, accountability, and moderation. I am still working on the last one myself...lol
lessee... sugar mixed into french fries, fat and additives making a simple hamburger over 800 calories, pancake batter mixed into eggs to make an omelet.... I don't cook like that even if I were under massive quantities of drugs, but these chains seem to feel that taste will win over calories.. and our addiction to sugar and fat will keep us ordering more. they conveniently hide the nutritional content layouts so that it is out of sight, out of mind. hey, if it tastes so good, maybe you'll forget how many calories you are taking in needlessly. it's a case of I mind the calories and nutrition and you keep me enticed with enhanced flavors, fat and sugar to distract me.
My wife works in a school and when she sees a kid try to throw out their lunch she makes them take it home to their Mom. Which I think is great because it keeps the parent in the loop and keeps the kid from wasting food. Its funny how we will eat garbage but turn our noses up at things that are good for us.
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