If you ever asked yourself why you’re fat, then you should have also asked yourself if the federal government drones have ever instructed you to make decisions that were bad for your health. Why? Because they have.

It turns out that there are a lot of high school kids who aren’t happy with how the new USDA guidelines are impacting the way they eat at school. Shockingly, when the government got more involved in their school programs the main thing it accomplished was a higher price for everyone involved and a product that no one really liked all that much.

In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The story … on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations. …

Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market — for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.

Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias.

The sad thing is, if these kids are getting a public school education that was anything like mine, they’ve probably already been primed to root for President Obama on election day. Hopefully, this experience will change their, umm, “gut” instinct moving forward.

Take a look at two food charts, the classic “food pyramid” that I grew up with on the right, and the newer version the USDA has put out on the left.

On the left we have an “improved” food pyramid put out by the federal government. On the right we have an older version, which is interesting because there’s a good chance if you tried to follow it over the years you now have some extra weight around your midsection.

For years, the federal government told us that the foundation of our diet should be a carbohydrate-heavy mix of grains. The masterminds in Washington, DC had it ass-backwards! A healthy diet should actually have whole grains and starches at the top of the pyramid, and one good reason for that is because carbohydrates affect your blood sugar. Eat too many of the wrong carbohydrates, and you’re just begging for insulin and weight issues down the line. The modern “food plate” and “food pyramid” still has it somewhat wrong, and yet Michelle Obama and her ideological allies have the nerve to get on television and lecture the rest of us about and obesity epidemic. The federal government has repeatedly instilled perverse incentives in the population under the guise of improving health, and then used the predictable consequences ( ‘predictable’ to free-thinking people) as a pretext to write more regulations.

We don’t have an obesity epidemic — we have a stupidity epidemic. We have individuals who would rather abdicate important decisions about their health to complete strangers in the nation’s capital than to bear down and take control of their own personal wellness.

When I was a kid, the federal government scared people into thinking that eggs were bad because they could increase cholesterol. So eggs were out, but meanwhile citizens weren’t educated about foods with a high-glycemic index. Eggs were “bad,” but no on said a peep about foods that were high in trans-fatty acids until much later down the line. The truth is, eggs aren’t bad for you if — just like anything else — you’re smart about how many you eat. And the truth is, it doesn’t matter how many studies the USDA puts out, it’s ultimately up to the individual to take control over not only what they put in their body, but what they want to put into their body.

Proper nutrition begins at home, and if an increasing number of children aren’t getting healthy meals where they’re need most, then perhaps that’s where public policy makers should look for answers. Mandating that kids who eat school lunch get black beans and hummus (I’d like to see much more chicken, turkey and other proteins provided) does nothing for a kid whose house is stocked with Oreo cookies, potato chips and leftover Pizza Hut from the night before. The current food pyramid actually looks like it’s trying to encourage vegetarianism; when done incorrectly that puts the body into “starvation mode,” making the body store fat! But I digress.

For those who are interested in health and nutrition, I highly suggest the documentary Fat Head. It was made on a low budget in response to Morgan Spurlock’s Super-Size Me, and while it’s obvious that the director will never win an Oscar, the content is pretty sound. It’s an eye opener, not just about how misleading Spurlock is as a filmmaker, but also the role the federal government plays in impacting your dietary health.

Keep protesting the new regulations, kids. Just don’t forget this lesson when you step onto your first college campus. These days, the ones who are supposed to “questions authority” dutifully take orders.

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

5 comments

  1. Good post man. You know this has been my pet issue for years. The food pyramid should be damn simple. Half meat, 3/8’s plants and the other 8th low GI/low glycemic load carbs. It makes me wonder when we’ll see a US Military backlash for similar stupidity from the Administration from back in Feb of this year: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/michelle-obama-targets-military-food-dont-worry-youll-be-a-vegetable-guy-soon/

    We need to be free to choose what we put in our mouths or soft despotism leaves us starved of personal responsibility.

    1. Bam. I’ll take the Mike-approved food pyramid over the federal government’s any day of the week. A very good friend of mine … made me think a lot harder about what I put in my mouth a few years ago in graduate school, and it literally changed my life. I owe him big time.

    2. Personally I’ve always thought the obesity problem was a bit overblown. It does exist, true, but it doesn’t require government intervention to curb it… it is up the individual to control what he or she eats and how much of he or she puts in his or her body. It’s the same sort of “sky is falling” mentality that’s also exhibited by climate change hysterics. I’ve been losing weight again lately, but not because I’m following the First Lady’s “plan.” I’ve cutting back on portions and not eating or drinking anything after 9 P.M. or so. I’ve lost 10 lbs so far this month.

    3. Nice job, Carl! The one thing that I will warn against is trying to cut back too much. Sometimes people cut back so much their body goes into “starvation mode” and starts holding on to fat … while burning muscle. Mike’s comment is spot-on in regards to the portions of different kinds of food one should eat to encourage good health.

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