Schools have started experimenting with offering free breakfast (you know, the most important meal of the day) in the classroom (instead of making the kids go to the cafeteria) and they have gotten great results from the program:
“The results, seen at urban districts across the country, are striking. Without the stigma of a trip to the cafeteria, the number of students in Newark who eat breakfast in school has tripled. Absenteeism has fallen in Los Angeles, and officials in Chicago say children from low-income families are eating healthier meals, more often.”
So great, right?
But now New York City doesn’t want to participate in the program. Why? Because, horror of horror – some kids may end up eating two breakfasts (one at home and one at school) and ingest – wait for it – EXCESS CALORIES!!!!
And of course, excess calories means that these kids could get fat.
Yes indeedy, in fear of the possibility that some kids might gain some weight, New York City would rather see kids in need go hungry.
What is the matter with these people?
It’s not like they are giving these kids a huge breakfast – they aren’t getting stacks of pancakes, dripping in butter and syrup with a side of bacon. They are getting stuff like a muffin or cereal, cheese stick and juice or milk.
And by the way, just because a kid is fat does not mean that child has already eaten breakfast.
This is the kind of stuff that makes me crazy.