Government Wants to Manipulate Children

12 Oct

I was going about my business and checking up on all my little silly internet things, when I saw on the Breaking News segment on the Toolbar we have “School cafeterias try psychology in lunch line”. I clicked on it to see what it was about.


Hide the chocolate milk behind the plain milk. Get those apples and oranges out of stainless steel bins and into pretty baskets. Cash only for desserts.

These subtle moves can entice kids to make healthier choices in school lunch lines, studies show. Food and restaurant marketers have long used similar tricks. Now the government wants in on the act.
My jaw dropped.
First things first: Restaurants do not do that. Have these people been into a McDonald’s in the last, I don’t know, twenty years? Sure, they have them up on the menu, and sure, maybe they’re in the commercials. But when you get a Happy Meal or whatever, what do they ask. “Fries?”
And why do they ask fries? Because everyone hates fries and nobody ever eats them? No. Because the majority of kids (Trust me on this one; I am not some idiot scientist with a creepy agenda, I am a kid) go to McDonald’s and get a burger or chicken nuggets or whatever and get fries with it. Why? Because most kids don’t have fries readily avaliable at home, so wee, let’s go to McyD’s and get fries.
And don’t even get into that McDonald’s crap. I never saw Supersize Me. That man was an idiot. Yeah, you know what, you’ll die if you eat too much salt. Or water. Or watermelons. Or every other substance known to man. It’s called doing it in moderation.
But back to the story.
So, now, the government is getting into it? Really? Because everything the Government touches just sprouts wings and becomes perfect little beings of magical happiness. Just ask FedEx (No funding), or GM (In the hole), or anything else that they government has gotten it’s sweaty little paws on. It doesn’t work!
Now, I remember the good old days in Elementary, when every so often I would go into the crowded little smelly section of the hall at lunch and get some Chicken Nuggets or get Domino’s on pizza day.
They had a big line of food and apples and oranges and chocolate and normal milk. Boom. For the most part, I don’t ever remember getting hollered at or “nudged” in a way where I was force fed by the nutrition Nazi to eat my orange or be shoved into some creepy little hole to be re-educated on food.
Man am I glad I don’t eat cafeteria food anymore.
I know that they have the Healthy Snacks machine at school, and it’s about $2.50 for a pack of twenty peanuts. When you could go over and get five bags of Doritos for that.
Otherwise, I know nothing about the lunch line.
This segment of the article was particularly creepy:
…Cafeteria workers also got more involved, asking, “Would you rather have green beans or carrots today?” instead of waiting for a kid to request them.

And just asking, “Do you want a salad with that?” on pizza day at one high school raised salad consumption 30 percent, Wansink said.
I would be a bit freaked out if I had people nudging me in a very subliminal way to eat carrots. I like carrots. But do I want a bunch of creepy Nuti-Nazis asking me in a very influential way if I wanted carrots? NO.
They said earlier in the article that schools that forced kids to put fruit on their plates found that most of the fruit ended up in the trash. I remember stuff like that from Elementary school, actually. I did it. I through away the nasty Red Delicious apples that tasted like mushy applesauce inside a waxy paper sack. They were gross and I hate Red Delicious apples. Ew.
But, am I obese? No.I’m not the picture of health, but that’s because I’m weak and am not athletically inclined. Sorry Mr. Food Nazi, if I hadn’t thrown away my apples in third grade, I’d probably still be a little over 5’4″ and still growing and not very athletic. Whoop.
And you know what? You’ll have little kids saying, “Okay, I’ll take a salad.” Then they take a bite and it tastes like cement and they will through it out.
And, these kids that are obese and weigh over 100 pounds in kindergarten, are they going to care that the chocolate milk is four inches farther than the regular? No. Will they care about all those salads? No. Will they still grab seven slices of pizza? You bet.
So, they’re trying to make more Healthy Choices available to us. But, haven’t they become more like Healthy Enforcements than Healthy Choices? How long until we have the Healthy Eating Laws? Or will we seriously have to add on that we have a right to religion, assembly, petition, press, and whatever food we want?

8 Responses to “Government Wants to Manipulate Children”

  1. Munkle Bobby October 13, 2010 at 9:35 am #


  2. Martin II October 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    They are trying to force students to eat healthier. But they’re not very subtle about it. At my old school, they stopped ordering pizza period and started making it. It tasted like a Starbucks Crapachinno (LS Reference). Now they’re getting rid of sun chips and doritoes and replacing them with Veggie Chips. Next year, the government has mandated a complete overhaul of school lunches, including monitoring calorie counts so student’s can only get a certain amount of calorie per day. And they’re so concerned we’ll get fat that they don’t serve enough food anyway! I eat everything at lunch and still walk away starving!

    • smlaarg October 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

      Yeah, that’s why I have my dad pack my lunch. At my school, they haven’t gotten rid of that stuff, yet. It’s only a matter of time, really, until they start micromanaging all of that sort of stuff.

  3. Bloo D00d October 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    I pack my lunch, too.

    I saw Supersize Me, and I hated it BEFORE that.

  4. Munkle Bobby October 15, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    You know, in a few schools around the U.S. schools have “confiscated” children’s lunches if they contained white flour, glucose, fructose, or basically anything that was “processed”. One kid had a cheese sandwich taken away from him because it was considered unhealthy. Also, some schools are taking the swing-sets off of playgrounds because children can get hurt on them [everyone shows shock and awe to this unbelievable statement.]*

    • smlaarg October 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

      Yeah, I think Glen Beck was talking about that the other day. Man, some people are so nutty…

  5. Bloo D00d October 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm #


  6. Bloo D00d October 21, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    Wait, you got Domino’s on pizza day?! No fair! We get these cruddy little square pieces that look like cardboard!

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