Not the Onion: Texas school to photograph kids’ lunch trays – count calories

More nanny state crap promoted by and funded by the federal government. I am so sure the Founding Fathers envisioned spending tax dollars on a program to make a digital record of calorie intake by each grade-school kid under the temporary care of the government.

An elementary school in San Antonio, Texas will take a $2 million dollar grant provided by the US Department of Agriculture and install the system. Each serving tray will have a unique bar code assigned to a kid and the tray of food will be photographed at the end of the lunch line, and again as the kid takes the tray back for cleaning.

From the Associated Press

Digital imaging analysis of the snapshots will then calculate how many calories each student scarfed down. …

Researchers hope parents will change eating habits at home once they see what their kids are choosing in schools. The data also will be used to study what foods children are likely to choose and how much of if they’re eating.

Five San Antonio elementary schools will take part in the program. Researches selected poor, minority campuses where obesity rates and students at risk for diabetes are higher.

What can you even say about a program like this? The program is “voluntary” of course, and who the heck knows how accurate the software and inspection will be? This is a total waste of tax dollars.

13 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Wouldn’t a bar code on the back of the neck of each child be simpler?? I suppose that is next for the burgeoning nanny state.
    I think the lefty dominated (for you, sammy!) education system is trying to both compensate for the lousy job they have done in producing people that can think for themselves, and make citizens even more dependent on government.?? Lord, how have we all survived this long without Big Brother to tell us what to do??
    And we wonder why we have a deficit that is dwarfing the gross output of the country?

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        I will have a special place in those camps they set up, a la “Red Dawn”.? If they can find me, that is!? 😉

  2. TomL
    TomL says:

    For years now the schools have been feeding the kids breakfast and lunch. Maybe its the government thats making them obese.

  3. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Oh, how I’d love to get that permission slip from the school system.? “We’re going to assign your child a barcoded lunch tray associated with his/her name in government records.? Please sign below indicating that you agree to your child’s participation.”? My answer?? “Um, hell no.”
    And I’m with TomL on this one.? Government funded breakfast & lunch programs have led to overweight kids.? Two out of three meals a day provided by the gov’t, in most cases free of charge? ? Remember, you get what you pay for.

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