Bill Clinton has done parents all over the United States a favor. You see, parents everywhere were unable to control their child’s nutrition, especially when it came to what they ate in school.
He saw the need—some kids were buying snacks that were high in fat with their lunch or snack money, and since we know that teaching kids discipline or self control is out of the question, the only way to get them to eat healthier (more healthy? more healthily?) was to only give them healthy options.
So, our former President decided to go to the companies that make foods that have the most fat and try to get them to cut back, reformulate, or take them out of school vending machines.
Though there’s a valid argument about junk food here, the comment at this article was more instructive:
Carlos Rodriguez, 13, said his school already stocks its vending machines with health food– but it hardly matters.
“Kids will buy what they want,” he said. “We just stop by the bodega on the way home.”
You see, it’s not that important whether the school offers junk food. Kids know where to get it. A black market could even form inside the school. If the parents aren’t on board to help discipline the child to choosing healthy food choices, the child will seek out the unhealthy wherever they can find it.
The only way for the government to accomplish its mission were to ban junk food. But where’s the freedom in that?
Instead of eliminating options—like President Clinton suggests—we need to teach kids to choose good options. We need to be able to choose right in the face of a bad (or in this case, poor) choice.
But, as we all know, self-control doesn’t come easy—it’s something that takes time to develop.