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Would You Support a Ban on Chocolate Milk at Your Child's School?

A Decatur schools committee has recommended eliminating chocolate milk for K-3 students and phasing it out for higher grades. It also recommends phasing out highly processed foods, such as muffins, waffles and French toast.

A recommendation by a City Schools of Decatur committee to eliminate chocolate milk for students in kindergarten through third grade touched a nerve when the story was carried on the Facebook page of Dacula Patch.

"This just drives me nuts. I had lunch with my sons the other day & added up the calories of their school lunch - it was just over 200 calories. These kids are starving at school," one Patch reader commented. She went on to say, "Last year, I packed lunch - until my son (who's in the 5th percentile in weight - meaning in the very low end for his height) had his gogurt taken away because it wasn't healthy enough - its yogurt for gosh sakes! And, this kid is skinny as can be! And - I PACKED IT for MY KID. Yeah, there might be overweight kids, but what about the ones who really need to gain weight, have active lives & fast metabolisms?"

Another commenter said that her daughter swims five to six hours per week and does karate for another three.

"She needs the calories. In fact, her swim coach even recommends chocolate milk for replenishing after a workout," she said.

Another commenter said a check of WebMD revealed the recommended daily caloric count for an active male age 4 to 8 is 1,600 per day.

"That 220 calorie lunch is already not enough for our kids. Don't take more away," she commented. "Sorry, I think I'm sensitive on this topic... I have to watch my 48lb 7-year-old get crushed by 90 lb boys at football all of the time!" 

reported several other recommendations made to the city schools, which included eliminating highly processed versions of products, such as muffins, pancakes, waffles and French toast and replacing the foods with healthier versions.

With Georgia at No. 2 in the country for childhood obesity, according to Strong4Life.com, many feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed, but it appears others feel that banning chocolate milk could be taking it a little far.

Would you support a ban of chocolate milk in your child's elementary school or do you think that 220 calories for a elementary school student's lunch is already too low?

Tammy September 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The next food they will take away is fruit, because OMG it has natural sugar in it!!! I was reading about natural sugar vs refined sugar, and evidently some people do not realize that natural sugar can be just as bad as refined sugar. So, now they are going to want us to stop eating fruit too, because God forbid you have any sugar what so ever. Like everything else in life, keep it in moderation. If you keep your sugar intake in moderation, like your the food on your plate...then it won't be bad at all. Also, get your kids off the couch and away from tv and game consoles...and you may see a difference there too. Exercise is just as important, if not more important than what you are eating. Isn't that living by example too??? Get the kids outside, instead of keeping them cooped up in the house all the time, because your too afraid to let them play. Get them in sports or something, quit blaming it all on the food.
Carrie M September 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
You realize there is more sugar in chocolate milk than in soda right? They should hire a nutritionist to all the schools and get healthier choices in the menu
Robert Thomas. Sr. September 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
On Wednesday the NY Times had a major article about under the new Obama administration school lunch guidelines kids are going hungry in NYC schools, where for many school food is a large part of their daily caloric intake, and the point was made that for children up to 10 yo or so limiting fat calories is devastating to their development, especially of the brain. I have talked with students at Camp Creek and they now bring their lunch in many cases since once you remove the deep fat fryers certain foods become nearly inedible. And these were athletic students. And as to the school employee who took the yogurt away I'd simply swear out a warrant against that person for theft. Without getting too political this is what you can expect from the Dems who want to control many aspects of your life and from their noxious hangers-on, the uber-educated in no useful discipline (the most noxious of which is NYC mayor Bloomberg) - they do what they want in their private schools, and the peasants do what they're told. Pfui!
DiAnna Satterfield Cronic September 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I work at a Gwinnett cunty middle school. I also have a child in middle school who is very under-weight. I pack his lunch daily to assure that he has a well balanced meal. I have seen changes over the last few years that I don't agree with. String cheese is no longer allowed and now you can't have crackers for soup. What is crazy is that yogurt is offered as an entree and is loaded with sugar. I asked if we were ever going to get string cheese or crackers again and was told "No, and you can thank Michelle Obama for that.". I buy organic chocolate milk from Costco and although it contains higher amounts of sugar than I like, it also has vitamins A & D. It still has 12 fewer grams of sugar than Coke. I have always hated the taste of milk and the only way I will drink it even as an adult is when it is chocolate. You would not belive the amount of waste because students don't even eat what they get, but throw it away. So is going hungry because you don't like the food better? At least you won't gain weight. I keep waiting on them to remove the PB&J sandwiches because it has sugar. I think the government needs to use stop trying to control everthing. Removing fried food is one thing, but please give me some crackers with my soup.
DiAnna Satterfield Cronic September 09, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sorry for the typo in Gwinnett "county".

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