May 15, 2011: Calorie Cam in Schools….Talk about missing the point!

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve got a few other things I’d love to be doing besides writing this blog, BUT….when I read this story I had no choice.

Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students’ lunch trays before they sit down to eat lunch and later take a snapshot of the leftovers. The idea is to report to the childrens’ parents how many calories and other nutrients their child consume at school lunch.

A bar code on the student’s tray identifies him and a picture is taken of his tray with his selections at the cashier. The tray is again photographed when the student returns the tray after lunch.

A USDA grant funds this project that will pinpoint how much of each selected food serving was consumed and hopes that parents will then learn how to continue with good nutrition/calorie intake for home meals.

Researchers selected poor, minority campuses where obesity rates and diabetes risk are higher. Among those is White Elementary, which is just off a busy interstate highway on the city’s poor east side, on a street dotted with fast-food restaurants and taquerias. In Bexar County, where the five pilot schools are located, 33 percent of children living in poverty are obese.

Remember that the USDA and US government still believes that childhood obesity is a calories in/calories out problem. That’s why they are focusing on how many calories the children are consuming.

I’d like to personally thank nne-year-old Aaliyah Haley for her quote as she went through the lunch line at W.W. White Elementary with cheesy enchiladas, Spanish rice, fat-free chocolate milk and an apple. Two cameras, one pointed directly down and another about tray-level, photographed her food before she sat down to eat.

“I liked it. It’s good food that was good for me,” Haley said.

Hold the phone! The carb content of little Aaliyah’s “good food that is good for her” lunch is approximately: 113 grams of net carb at LUNCH! 113 grams of carb at LUNCH! No echo…that’s how amazingly horrendous that figure is.

A 9 year old girl who gets ½ hour physical activity/day has an average calorie requirement of approximately 1600 calories/day. Her suggested amount of carbohydrate in a day= 180 grams in the entire day. Poor Aaliyah has had 63% of her total suggested daily carb intake at LUNCH ALONE!!!!

Now, check this out: Researchers warn that obesity is not always the result of children eating too many calories. A previous study by the nonprofit center reported that 44 percent of children studied consumed calories below daily minimum requirements, but nearly one-third were still obese. Seven percent screened positive for type 2 diabetes.

The moral of the story? The Metabolism Miracle is a lifestyle program that is designed for the millions of people around the world who are genetically predisposed to overweight, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol/triglycerides and blood pressure due to insulin imbalance and progressive insulin resistance. Over 100 million Americans have uncontrolled insulin release in that they already have prediabetes and diabetes. Millions more are unaware of their Metabolism B.

The problem is not in calories…it is in insulin imbalance!!! Insulin is a fat gain hormone. When little Aalyiah eats her “healthy lunch” with an overdose of carbohydrate, her insulin streams like there’s no tomorrow. She is getting “fatter” on the outside (her weight) and the inside (her cholesterol and triglycerides) and is one step closer to a future of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

It is time to wake up and save our children and ourselves. It is time for the medical community to admit that there has been a major error in nutrition advice over the past 50+ years as we advocated low calorie, low fat diets for weight loss. More than 50% of the American public will actually gain weight, get “fatter” inside and out, and move closer to diabetes with this advice.

The Metabolism Miracle….get it, read it, live it! Aalyiah…I’d love to send your parents and school administrators a copy!


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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