Last week I posted about how Arkansas' BMI program wasted money and did little, this week there another debacle in action in San Antonio, TX. It seems they got a small grant (only 2 million dollars) to monitor kids food consumption. When I say monitor I mean monitor. Barcodes on lunch trays, recorded before and after kids eat. What is left over and what is eaten.
I'm not sure what bothered me the most about this. The obsessive nannying, the invasion of privacy (guess what just because you are under 18 doesn't mean you have no privacy rights!) or the waste of 2 million dollars.
I think it's the money (Although I can't believe both a parent and a school would do this, then again if it were my kid I would tell them to mess up the results: get extra mash potatoes and shaped them into a middle finger.) Back to the money, the 2 fucking million dollars. People including children go hungry or are food insecure (that's the idea that they aren't sure they will have enough money to eat). Not in India-- here. I bet that two million would go some way towards making sure no child went hungry. And if San Antonio would like to look at Arkansas, programs to reduce a child's BMI fail. And what if they discover children are eating "too much" at lunch, will they be forced to consume less calories like three cheese sticks and a cup of fruit
Yes, that is one student's complaint about the not only unappetizing but lack of food they were receiving due to the Health Kids Act. And the World Health Organization despite their focus of fatness is also focusing on the 100 million children that are underweight.
So 2 million bucks for Big Brother while kids still go hungry.