Misguided to the point of sadistic. As a sociologist who researches fat stigma, I have seen many draconian measures taken in the much hyped anti obesity crusade, but I have never seen anything this addle brained. Where to start! We have been on code red alert against fat kids for over 50 yrs. Eisenhower was one of the 1rst presidents to start the health nags. Fat kids have already had their bodies declared public domain. Surveillance is as standard as utensils at meals as every bite they eat is already subject to scrutiny. If monitoring the kids was successful, if would have worked long before now. Not only is it ineffective, it is counterproductive. Study after study from social psychology tells us that when something is forbidden, we want it more. Many kids will 'eat healthy' at school, then go out for what they want afterwords. Does it take a rocket scientist to figure that out??? Sadly some kids, forever intimidated by the fact that there every bite is recorded, will develop lifelong battles with eating disorders. It is UNBELIEVABLE that these alleged social researchers would not take that into consideration. What is perhaps the most tragic fact in this nutritional 1984 nightmare is that diabetes in poor kids is NOT just a matter of diet and exercise. Poor children, and children of color share a disproportionate burden of pollution. The phenomena is known as environmental racism. Dioxins, environmental estrogen, and other endocrine disrupters are playing havoc with their metabolisms. Diabetes is the result and weight gain is a side effect. But because the corporations don't want to change how they do things (and still rake in the diet billions) we don't hear about this! How unfair to scar poor children for the rest of their lives by invading their personal boundaries, never letting them have a guilt free bite, and yet do absolutely nothing to clean up their environment and eliminate the true cause of disease.
If you are one of the many folks who disagree with this program
1)Write the Dept of Agriculture and let you feelings be known. Myself, I am calling for the resignation of whoever approved the funding. From where I sit, there is NO excuse to repeat the mistakes of the past.
2) Let the directors of this program and the administrators know how you feel.
3)If you are a parent and it is coming to your school, refuse to allow your child to participate
4)If you child does participate and your child develops anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive/binge eating, sue. If they did any real research, they would know the risks involved.