Michelle Obama was right when she denounced this childhood obesity as “national security threat.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced one of every three American children are overweight, one out of four are “obese.” Those that are obese at age 10 will be suffering from hypertension while being a significant risk of having a stroke, diabetes, and heart attack by age 40.
Her unbreakable resolution, campaigning relentlessly for nutrition, has culminated in her husband, President Obama signing The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will designate $4.5 billion dollars to improve the standard of nutrition in schools throughout America.
What is The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and What Effects Will it Have on My Kids?
In the developed world America has the lowest standard of living; while an American will live roughly till age 75 the average Japanese man will live to 85. I did a survey and every American I talked to said that they wanted to live a longer life rather than a shorter one. This act is pursues this simple, ancient wish.
There are a number of specific policies that this legislation will enact:
– Reimburses schools significantly more for each free lunch they give out. These free lunches are exclusively given to kids below the poverty line and cannot afford to buy lunch. This will allow lower class students to
– Requires all public schools to have “science-based nutrition standards.” School lunches will move away from deep-fried carbohydrates towards nutritious and varied meals
– Communal eligibility for free lunches; if 40% of the student population cannot afford food then all breakfasts and lunches for the entire student population is free. If 2/5 students cannot afford lunch in nearly all situations the other 3 kids desperately need their lunch money as well.
– Foster Children are Automatically Eligible for free lunches. Many foster kids fall through the cracks of the public lunch system, starving because of their unstable home life. This gives them the opportunity to get one or two good meals five days of the week, regardless of how much they are moved around
– Children on Medicare get Free Lunches; if these children are on Medicare they have more important issues than worrying about their lunch. Now they no longer have to worry.
– New reforms on educating low-income children about the effects of obesity and how they can stay healthy. It will educate them specifically about the advantages, both socially and medically, of sports, why they should eat healthier food over less healthy food.
Some legislators are praising this bill as an example to follow; others are denouncing this bill as an infringement on American constitutional rights.
Who is Rejecting this Act?
There are two separate camps that are resisting and actively trying to weaken these reforms, despite the bill already being signed by President Obama.
The Democrats who are critical of this act are outraged by the $2.2 billion dollars that are transferred from the federal food stamp program to The Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Kids who have dropped out of school will have a significantly harder time getting food stamps to get meals. Many dropouts have unstable home life and by cutting off these food source will drive some to crime, to support themselves, and the shelters, putting an even heavy burden on the overworked shelter system in America.
The Obama Administration justifies this transfer of capital to help counter the dropout problem. They reason that if these wayward youth do not have a stable meal plan outside of school it will give them another reason to come in and get lunch. In this manner they have a much better chance of rejoining the education process.
Republcians critical of this act, notably Sarah Palin, claim it is an infringement on these children’s constitutional rights. These conservatives claim that if these kids want to eat unhealthy food it is their god given right.
I disagree; I do not support any form killing my fellow citizens, even if is tasty. Is there anyone who would say differently?
(Full Text of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act)