Tuesday, May 31, 2005

How Long Until the Government Starts Monitoring What You Eat?

In the past, his parents had no clue when he bought a treat at school. Now, thanks to a new school-lunch monitoring system, they can check over the Internet and learn about that secret cookie.

Health officials hope it will increase parents' involvement in what their kids eat at school. It's a concern because federal health data shows that up to 30 percent of U.S. children are either overweight or obese.

"My parents do care about what I eat. They try, like, to keep up with it," said Hughes, a 14-year-old student at Marietta Middle School.

Because it's best that your children learn right away that you don't trust them to make good decisions, and more than that, that you don't respect them. This way, your children will remain child-like and dependent all their lives.

What good sheep-like citizens they will make!

2 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

This will also help prepare them for future government monitoring. I have no problem with this since it will fit in nicely with my plans for a totalitarian regime. Furthermore children with dependency issues stemming from their parents are more easily moldable into a fine unquestioning military. They're making this all too easy for me. 

Posted by Eli

Anonymous said...

This bothers me not because of the monitoring -- you can sell a lot to me under the guise of "optional thing you can do to help keep your child safe" -- but because of the fundamental laziness it assumes on the part of the parent.

If you don't want your child to overeat, don't raise him to overeat. And if your child has a sweet tooth, show her how to manage her needs by letting her have a cookie on the days when she's had soccer practice, so that she associates getting an extra snack with having exercised a bunch.

If the best you can do is have a guilt-trip ready when the child comes home, you're not going to actually encourage healthy eating habits. You're just going to teach your child to buy cookies from the black-market kid who sneaks cookies onto campus and then sells them at inflated prices... 

Posted by Patrick