I plan to blog quite a bit more on childhood nutrition in general, but the We Are Hungry video on YouTube, made by students in response to the new school lunch guidelines, has been making the rounds. If you haven't seen it yet, I've embedded it below:
I'm curious as to the reactions of my readers to this video. Not the guidelines per se, or whatever is available/allowed for lunch, but just the video and its underlying messages. And I'll even give my own impressions first here, and feel free to agree or disagree to your liking. (Skip the below if you want to react w/o responding to mine)
I think it's stupid! S.T.U.P.I.D. To me it just smacks of spoiled kids or kids who have been so coddled at school all their lives, or so bombarded with messages undermining parents, that they have no idea what the role of the school vs. parents vs. even themselves at that age is. I'm talking the bulk of the video, not the young grade schoolers crawling (just a ridiculous scene, sigh). I was a volleyball player in high school and while (idiotically) going on a crash diet my senior year managed to perform to a level earning me most valuable player honors. Many times (again idiotically) on 800 calories for the entire day, I managed to foist power serve after power serve without ridiculously fainting afterwards. And anyone familiar with the role of a setter in volleyball will know that my role on the team was to run all over the court as much as possible to get the second "hit" and set up my teammates' spikes. So the scenes of students sleeping and fainting at the slightest exertion just torque me off. And that is before considering what a kid who is truly in need -- who can't afford to participate in after school sports, and experiences genuine hunger from not getting enough to eat and having no money or means to get to the store to even buy junk.
In addition, if the school doesn't provide or they are not allowed to buy a large lunch, these little -- to borrow a term from Susanne -- "special snowflakes" apparently have no clue how to deal with this!! Bring a snack from home? No. Go to the corner store to buy junk food to stuff in your locker? Yes. That's the message of the video -- don't tell and provide students with what to eat, and left to their own devices only crapola comes to mind? Take the responsibility to pack your own snack or lunch? Oh the horrors!!! Sheesh ... by that age I had spent many hours on either a one-to-one (sitting) or larger scale (camp counselor) basis preparing and/or serving food to others, let alone myself. So I find this video a VERY VERY sad commentary on the state of teenagehood these days. And somehow in the era of helicopter parenting, even the parents are grounded at the heliport on this issue? Really?
I suppose in this day and age of YouTube celebrity, this was their first thought. Some find it entertaining, even funny. But I find it ridiculous and off-putting. Oh, and I was at a convenience store just the other day, and if I was looking for some nutrition it's there for the taking. I can get nuts and sunflower seeds instead of potato chips and cheez doodles. Protein? I can get a milk or a hot dog or other various things on the rolly-thingies. I could get a banana, or heck, a jar of peanut butter to go with a sleeve of crackers. If these kids have disposable income to buy junk at a convenience store, they have the money to buy stuff in a regular grocery to keep at home and prepare reasonably nutritious snacks.
What will these kids do when they go off to college, or .... gasp! .... out into the real world?