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Parents: school lunch plan "ridiculous"

4 years ago November 16, 2011 Nov 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:13:37 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE-- Parents and grandparents in Baton Rouge call the plan from Congress to push back on healthy lunch options "ridiculous" and "outrageous."

President Obama's administration put together a plan that would combat obesity by limiting unhealthy foods like french fries.  It would also add in healthier choices, such as whole grains.

Late Monday, Congress pushed back against that plan, releasing a final bill that keeps the Agriculture Department from limiting french fries, corn and other starchy vegetables.  The bill also delays limits on sodium and delays measures that would require more whole grains.  And what infuriates some parents, it would call two tablespoons of tomato paste on pizza a vegetable.

"It's ridiculous!"  Laura Welborn said.  Her granddaughter will be in school in just a few years, and she worries there won't be healthy, tasty options on her plate.

"I see the lunches every day, and so much of it is starches and fattening foods.  They say they're healthy, but I see the kids getting bigger and bigger," Welborn said.

Congress said healthier options are too expensive to require schools to pay for.  Members of Congress said the government should not mandate what kids eat.

Seth Brown disagrees.  He thinks cost should not be the most important factor in what is served at his five-year-old daughter's school.

"I think this is why kids are popping up with illnesses that only adults had previously-- because they're eating unhealthy," Brown said.

News 2 looked for parents who backed ideas Congress put forth in its bill; we didnt' find any.

Both the House and the Senate are expected to vote on the bill this week.

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