Surprisingly, because it was beyond the capacity of any mere human to be able to deduce ahead of time, forcing the same low calorie meal on both a 100-pound-female-mathlete and a 250-pound-male-football-player proves problematic. Well, only problematic if you do not want the athlete to slowly starve to death. One size fits all government solutions are almost always a bad idea.
"And, because we don't want to make fat kids feel fat, we'll put everyone on a restricted-calorie diet.
Our Professional Deciders have decided that the dietary requirements of an athlete or morning farm-worker are exactly the same as a sedentary overweight kid who needs fewer calories.
Some Kansas students and at least one political leader say new school lunch guidelines aimed at limiting calories and encouraging good nutrition are having an unintended consequence:
But that's not an unintended consequence. It's an intended one. A fair percentage of kids are overweight and need to diet (though restricted-calorie diets aren't the way to go). But the government, being of a One Size Fits All mindset, mandates the restricted-calorie diet for people who plainly do not need to diet (active students, athletes) and wonders why so many are complaining."
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