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How do you start a food fight at school?
Not by throwing a pie.
School boards across the country have discovered that food fights erupt when you decide to focus on healthy nutrition. Some districts are limiting the amount of junk food — potato chips, cookies, candy bars and sodas — and their policy does not sit well with students, principals, parents or even teachers.
Isn’t this a good idea? And isn’t having soda machines and vending machines in our schools that dispense glucose in bars, and polyunsaturated fats in chips a bad idea? Don’t we have the fattest kids on the planet, and don’t we know that being overweight is something that just snacks up on you?
According to Time, (December 13, 2004), when schools opened for the fall semester, some favorites were missing from the cafeteria. Sodas and candy bars were banned for grade-schoolers. Chips and cookies appeared to have been put in a shrinking machine. And that perennial favorite, the french fry,...