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Childhood Obesity and Nutrition: Study Recommends New School Lunch Guidelines (page 2)

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition: Study Recommends New School Lunch Guidelines

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Updated on Jan 6, 2011

Pratt-Heavner said the SNA is calling on Congress to increase funds for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. "We are hopeful that the reimbursement rate for school meals will be increased, particularly in light of the childhood obesity crisis and the unprecedented $1 billion proposed increase for child nutrition (requested) by President Obama."

Under the guidelines proposed in the IOM report, the current nutritional guidelines would be revised to establish a cap on calories for the first time.

  • 650 Calorie Limit. This would be put in place for lunches for students up to the 5th grade, according to the 400-page report
  • 700 Calorie Limit. This would be the cap put in place for students in grades 6 -8
  • 850 Calories Limit. This would be in effect for high-schoolers in grades 9-12

Considering the obesity issue in the country, the calorie caps are one of the most significant parts of the study, Dederichs said, who emphasized her belief that the new guidelines will be put into effect, though not immediately.

"I don't have my crystal ball out, so I don't know how and when, but I have a lot of faith," she said.

Changes in Minimum Amounts and Types of Food: Breakfast

 

Current Requirement

New Recommendation

Fruit

1/2 cup per day 

1 cup per day 

Grains and Meat/Meat Alternates

2 grains or 2 meat/meat alternates or 1 of each per day

1.4–2 grains per day plus 1–2 meat or meat alternates per day (Range reflects difference by grade group.)

Whole Grains

Encouraged 

At least half of the grains to be whole grain-rich

Milk

1 cup 

1 cup, fat content of milk to be 1% or less 

 

Changes in Minimum Amounts and Types of Food: Lunch

 

Current Requirement

New Recommendation

Fruit and Vegetables

1/2 - 1 cup of fruit and vegetables combined

3/4 – 1 cup of vegetables plus 1/2 – 1 cup of fruit per day

Vegetables

No specifications as to type of vegetable

Weekly requirements for dark green and orange vegetables and legumes and limits on starchy vegetables

Meat/Meat Alternates

1.5–3 oz equivalents (daily average over 5-day week)

1.6–2.4 oz equivalents (daily average over 5-day week)

Grains

1.8–3 oz equivalents (daily average over 5-day week)

1.8–2.6 oz equivalents (daily average over 5-day week)

Whole Grains

Encouraged

At least half of the grains to be whole grain-rich

Milk

1 cup

1 cup, fat content of milk to be 1% or less

 

 

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