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Nanny State Alert: LA Unified School District’s Healthy Meals Make Students ill, Cause them to eat more Junk Food


Here’s the scenario; government identifies an invented problem, or creates one via nonsensical policies.  Then, they propose to solve the problem with even more government.  Since government is force, and totally inept at solving problems, they tend to create even more problems.  Sometimes, it’s tragic. Other times, its hilarious.

This is one of those hilarious situations.

It seems that the LA Unified  School District discovered that their school lunches were not healthy enough.  So, in typical nanny fashion, they likely hired experts, held meetings, and decided that they would be the agents of change to save the youth from a lifetime of obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease (until the IPAB decides that they are no longer worth keeping alive).  The result is typically liberal-not that they get that the joke is on them.  Here are the rib tickling details, from the LA Times…

It’s lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day’s fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don’t even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it “nasty, rotty stuff.” So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.

“This is our daily lunch,” Iraides says. “We’re eating more junk food now than last year.”

Quinn’s First Law:  Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.

For many students, L.A. Unified’s trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop. Earlier this year, the district got rid of chocolate and strawberry milk, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, nachos and other food high in fat, sugar and sodium. Instead, district chefs concocted such healthful alternatives as vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles.

There’s just one problem: Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students. Principals report massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away. Students are ditching lunch, and some say they’re suffering from headaches, stomach pains and even anemia. At many campuses, an underground market for chips, candy, fast-food burgers and other taboo fare is thriving.

I’m actually having a hard time responding-it’s so funny.  Did they think that people would willingly eat rabbit food?  Actually, I think that most self respecting bunnies would reject that dreck, but I could be wrong.

On the serious side, our would-be nanny overlords, as usual, display no knowledge of human nature.  In their effort to “perfect and protect us,” they tell us what we can and cannot consume, what we can or cannot do, and the like.  When they dictate and control, people find ways to do it anyway.  Then, it becomes a cat and mouse game, with regulators and regular citizens creatively bypassing each other.  But guess what? In the end, freedom always wins.  In the end, even Communism, the greatest nannies (and murderers) in history,  collapsed under it’s own failure.

That, and forget the drugs, some kid nicknamed “Ronald Freaking McDonald” is going to pay for his college education by selling black market Big Macs in the hallways!

Linked at Memeorandum!

Related story at Lonely Conservative

  • Black market junk food??


    • The irony is particularly delicious, isn’t it?

  • Anybody with half a brain should have seen this outcome.

    Next up, no doubt: students will be forbidden to bring any fool whatsoever to school.

  • It’s only a matter of time before the State decides that these people rejecting their food aren’t worthy to live anyway and send them to concentration camps to starve.

    Sound like it’ll never happen?