Too much of a good thing is never a good thing.
The new food regulations are just that, too much of a good thing.
While the previous year’s stock in the cafeteria and the Maple Tree may have been a little excessive- including cookies, tons of different candies, sugary drinks, and many other desert options, cutting students off completely is not the answer.
Students are already complaining about the new restrictions. What many students don’t know is that the changes are only currently being phased in. They will not go completely in effect until the 2013-2014 school year.
If students are complaining now, odds are complaints are going to skyrocket once they come back to school to find all their beloved cookies, candies, and slushies gone.
Since the regulations are so extreme, they aren’t really going to achieve their purpose, which is to advocate a healthy lifestyle.
It is often the case that when you restrict people from something, they go crazy when they have access to it. This principle holds true regarding the food regulations.
While freshmen and sophomores eat in the cafeteria, the overwhelming majority of upperclassmen do not. This means that once the current freshmen and sophomores become upperclassmen they will have access to off-campus lunch and a wide variety of fast food restaurants.
Since these students will have been so strictly controlled in their underclassmen years, they will definitely take the opportunity to eat tons of unhealthy food, more so than they would have if they had the opportunity for some unhealthy options in past years.
At this point, the entire purpose of these regulations is out the window.
Also, while these regulations might force kids to eat healthy lunches during school hours, nobody is going to be there to force healthy food down students’ throats after school, in college, and for the rest of their lives.
By not giving students the option to monitor their own intake of unhealthy foods, the food regulations are truly hurting students in the long run. Once students move on from high school they will not have acquired any lifestyle skills as far a balanced diet, because all of the decisions were made for them.
This will not only provide a harder transition to life on their own, but could also cause them to develop poor eating habits after high school because they had no time to learn.
On a national level, these regulations need to be made less restrictive. Instead of completely taking cookies and candy out of the school, they could have them offered only two to three days a week, showing students that treats are ok in moderation.
At the Seaholm level, the school should not take federal funding for breakfast. According to principal Dee Lancaster, it is most likely that the school will take funding for breakfast next year.
If they don’t, the food regulations will not apply during breakfast. This means that other entities will be allowed to sell food at this time. This opens up the possibility of the Maple Tree selling some treats or clubs having bake sales in the morning, so students could grab one cookie or drink to save for the rest of the day.