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PETA Offers to Help Massachusetts Students Shed Pounds

Written by PETA | April 15, 2009

 

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The ritual of report card day has struck fear into the hearts of children for generations. As though bringing your grades home for mom and dad to sign weren’t enough to dread, Massachusetts students have yet another report to start worrying about. The state’s Public Health Council recently decided to institute a mandatory survey of each student’s body mass index—based on measurements of height and weight—with the intention of sending the results home along with a plan for how parents can help their kids combat weight issues. Kind of embarrassing, but childhood obesity is no joking matter.

In support of the Health Council’s action, we’re proposing a plan to Dr. Alan Ingram, the superintendant of Springfield Public Schools, that is sure to have every kid passing their weight screenings with flying colors and trim waistlines. We’ve offered to hire a top vegan chef to help the cafeteria staff create first-class, meat-free meals that kids will love, to donate a “Vegetarian Starter Kit” for every kid in the district, and to provide health and nutrition teachers with a curriculum designed to educate them about the benefits of vegetarian eating. After all, the best way that these schools can help their students achieve and maintain a healthy weight is to drop the chicken nuggets and fish sticks in lieu of some real brain food: nutritious, delicious vegetarian meals.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • HollyQ says:

    I also support a healthy lifestyle. My family have chosen vegetarianism and we quite enjoy it. I don’t believe in forcing it though.

  • karen says:

    Massachusetts is a mandatory health insurance state. What if some children learned better eating habits lowered their BMI and reduced the prospect of future health related problems? What if they didn’t have to utilize that insurance for health related problems? No one is talking about forced choices. Let’s get real! The fast food industry has been brain washing all of us into bad choices for years. Is going to McDonalds really a choice? Beside the instant gratification what is good about it? Give the kids and PETA a chance to succeed. It’s a great idea and kudos to Massachusetts for accepting this forward thinking.

  • Connor says:

    Jenn I did not know that the state could send things like that home or put these things in place Where I am not in the states those things are not permitted or at least not when they are ired into the education system in anyway. I just assumed it would be the same there. Another thing I should point out is that not all vegans are healthier if a vegan where to eat to much and overeat like many of these obese kids I imagine they would still be in roughly the same shape all factors considered. I would hope a programme like this will help but I’m left wondering.

  • Shelly says:

    I think people have become too “politically correct” and are overly concerned with offending people. Obesity is a huge problem in our country. Heart disease is rising at alarming rates. If someone is obese they need to hear it and acknowledge it. Sugar coating the facts of their weight only perpetuates the cycle of badhabits. While many may resist the vegan food the education needs to start somewhere. It has been drilled in our heads since we were born that you need to have meat every day. Time to start educating on a new way of life!

  • Kenady says:

    Oh my gosh thats awesome! lol I’m in junior high i hope our school can do that!

  • Kaitlyn says:

    While this is good intentioned all it’s going to do really is reinforce a negative body image in overweight children. They are under enough pressure without fatty report cards. Not only that but not everyone is a vegan wants to be a vegan or is cut out to be a vegan. Also vegan doesn’t nessicarily skinny. Not all weight issues are cause by poor diet. I support animal rights and I love animals but I’m never going to be a vegan.

  • Andrea says:

    I was a “obese kid” growing up and i’m still “obese” as they say. But I feel that everyone should have a choice. So we should support a healthy life but with choices. Not everyone whats to be a vegetarian.

  • maria ziadeh says:

    my name is maria and i went to school and when i went to school there was alot of things to eat besides meat like salad chips we did have milk but it was cows milk if we did buy our lunch you can’t just tell go into the school and put a chef in the school because you have to think of the cost of how much the chef will cost the school you also have to think of the board and what there decision is and the kids to eat a vegetarian meal or force them to do something like that they won’t do i’ve seen it and you have to think what kids will do they will rebel and they won’t eat a vegan diet and pack there lunch

  • jerry says:

    you are right parents these days don’t give a damn really. I am a fitness buff and because of it my kids are in great shape. Parents need to set the example not the schools.

  • Jenn says:

    I get where you’re coming from Connor but the state has every right to send home these weight evaluations. The state has a Constitutionally backed compelling interest in promoting the general welfare and health of the public. The state has every right to be concerned that obesity due to parental neglect will come back to burden the state when these children need state assistance for heart disease and diabetes at 30. Further if the reason these children are obese is because their parents don’t care enough to monitor their diet it’s functionally equatable to child abuse or neglect the state has every right to step in. These children aren’t just obese they are going to suffer terrible social physical and financial repercussions as a result of their parents’ poor parenting. Go PETA!

  • Connor says:

    The state is out of line in sending home weight evaluations. There should be a choice for the parents if they wan their child to get this forcing it is unfree. The fact is the parents with healthy kids will be happy but the parents with obese kids most of the time won’t care.

  • Carla says:

    Yes Rev. Meg I don’t watch much T.V. but I do remember a crazy episode like that a few months back. As far as those students go I say you gotta start somewhere. It’s the “ten” rule… Eat the same thing 10 times and your body will adjust. I remember the first time trying tofu I never really cared for it at first but over time I can’t get enough.

  • Karen Agreda says:

    I think that even is kids wanted to wait to get home to eat they would eat less. So either way weight loss! Anyways this is GREAT idea from PETA. I don’t even know how they can say no to this. I mean yea maybe some parents might protest but maybe what their feeding their kids is the reason why their BMI is so high! So they should also take a cue from PETA. This is just too cool I wish they did that when I was still in school!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Has anyone out there ever seen a show called Wife Swap? Two women from across the country swap families for two weeks. The most contentious swaps happen when a healthy vegetarian wife changes places with a wife from a meat eating family. No matter how delicious the meals the vegetarian wife prepares are the meat eating kids kick and scream and rudely dump entire plates of food everywhere and in some cases go elsewhere to eat such as Grandma’s house if she lives nearby. The vegetarian kids will try the meat meals but many complain of intestinal problems due to the abrupt change to a meat eating diet and are more the ready to go back to vegetarianism when mom returns. My point is that kids are going to eat what they are used to and if the schools go to an all vegetarian menu the kids may opt to bring lunch from home or not eat lunch at all waiting until after school to eat.

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