• National School Lunch Guidelines Continue To Take Effect
  • September 10, 2014 | Author: Seth A. Katz
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Schools in Elyria, Ohio are saying goodbye to a beloved school lunch dessert - the pink cookie. The pink cookie has been served for 40 years, according to Fox affiliate WZTV. The treat is a tradition made with Crisco, a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and sour cream.

    The reason the children will no longer be enjoying the sugary snack at lunch is because of the United States Department of Agriculture's national school lunch guidelines. The guidelines have been implemented in stages at schools since 2012, and are finally taking effect in regard to foods like the pink cookie in Ohio. The pink cookie is not allowed under the new guidelines because of its high calorie content.

    While school children may mourn the loss of their prized cookie, the guidelines are in place to reduce child obesity levels in the U.S. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In 1980, 7 percent of children between 6 and 11 in the U.S. were obese and by 2012, that number had increased to 18 percent.

    Children who are obese are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and prediabetes as well as bone, joint, sleep, social and psychological problems, the CDC reported.

    Preventing obesity in children is strongly based on healthy habits including eating a proper diet within the recommended calorie limits and partaking in physical activity. The national school lunch guidelines are in place to aid parents and schools in providing the right types and amounts of food for children, and overall, reduce the rate of obesity in American children.