So after a little Christmas break, I was reading this article about the new war on chocolate milk. The basis of this story is nothing new, it is infact a new target in the same direction as the fight to get unhealthy food out of schools, ban vending machines, and try to sue Mcdonalds for everything. And it got me thinking, is chocolate milk really that bad?
The issue at hand is chocolate milk in schools, and the push to remove chocolate milk from schools across the United States for health reasons. I grew up drinking chocolate milk, granted I drink a little less nowadays than what I used to, but the fact remains, I am not overweight and unhealthy because of my chocolate milk consumption. So I personally take offense to movements such as this, not only for their false evidence, but also for the greater issue of a total lack of personal liability. In this artcile Ann Cooper, director of nutritional services from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado states that:
If a child chooses chocolate milk instead of regular milk every single day for a year, she says, they’ll gain about 3 lbs. because of the extra sugar and calories. “Over the course of a K-12 education, that can add up,” says Cooper.
If Cooper’s statements are correct, if I drank a glass of chocolate milk everyday starting say when I was 5 years old until I was 24 years old, I will of gained 57lbs of chocolate milk weight hanging around my middle section. Well that’s scary! I wonder how much weight I’d gain if I ate one sandwhich everyday for a year, maybe we should ban sandwhiches too? Fact is, there is a total disregard for the nutrional value of chocolate milk, and the amazing ability of human beings being able to burn calories through their daily life.
The deeper issue to this health blame game that has erupted over the past decade boils down liability and responsibility. When will we draw the line in the sand and realize that there is only so much blame that can be diverted from yourself. There is no physical force making you buy chocolate milk and drink it excessively until you become overweight. The old rationalizations that fast food is cheaper to buy than healthy food simply does not fly anymore. Nowhere is it cheaper to buy 10 dollar meal combos for each member of your family at BK or McD’s than what you can buy at a grocery store for that same amount of money spent at the drive-thru window. By placing regulations on what foods we can and cannot buy we are slowly chipping away out our right to choose, our freedoms even. We are slowly creating a society in which we are told what to consume and what not to, a society where nothing is your fault, but rathery societies fault. If it comes to that, heck, why don’t we just line up and have the government hand out are designated rations of food we are supposed to eat each day, it would save us all some time at least!
All sarcasm aside, is this what we really want? I just hope everyone thinks about the bigger picture when they are faced with these decisions. And for the record, I am in no way being compensated by any National Dairy Council to write this, but if you are reading this and would like to, please contact me. Rather I’m just a big kid who loves chocolate milk. Drink up!