On July 1st, 2014, many schools in the U.S stopped selling unhealthy foods in the cafeteria and vending machines (see our School Lunch post).
Many students are unhappy with this change because they argue it limits their freedom. One student said “I don’t want junk food to be ‘outlawed,’ because as long as these snacks are eaten in moderation they can’t do any serious harm in our school.” That is true, but how many middle-schoolers are disciplined enough to eat junk food “in moderation” when given the opportunity not to? From the scene in our cafeteria it’s obvious that not many do.
So maybe it was a good idea to take away the junk food, and add healthy foods. Here’s what one student said, “If we have healthier foods, we tend to like them more over time.” Plus they are healthier in the long run. That would be a perfect world situation, kids eating healthy while enjoying the food they eat. But we all know we don’t live in a perfect world and the kids just don’t like the healthy foods the government is trying to force us into eating.
What is more important kids happiness, or kids unhappily eating healthy?