This Washington Post article on the controversial recent decisions by DC and Fairfax County public schools to ban chocolate milk in the cafeteria shows what a flashpoint the issue of the government intervening on kid’s eating habits has become, including (or, perhaps, especially) in our area.
There’s a part of me that believes parents ought to be solely responsible for preventing their kids from eating too many Happy Meals, toy or no toy. Then again, as parents, we can’t be everywhere to make decisions all the time. If a surrogate caregiver offers my child something to eat or drink that I’d never give them, is that really such an over-step into my family? On the other hand, there’s a part of me that sees just how many kids these days are struggling with their weight and feels like we ought to be doing something about it.
What do you think? Are these kinds of laws a step toward more government interference in how we feed our kids? Or are they an earnest attempt to teach our kids to make healthy food choices?
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