Thursday, March 4, 2010
It Happens Every Noon
This is a truly fascinating piece to watch. It's a government film from 1966 promoting the school lunch program.
If the embedded player isn't working, you can also view the film here: http://www.archive.org/details/it_happens_every_noon
It's fascinating for a number of reasons. The cultural attitudes forty years ago, particularly towards girls and women, is interesting, and the conditions of some of the rural schools back then was appalling.
But, what I found most interesting, is that not a single one of the kids in this film is overweight or obese. Even the one described towards the end of the film as possibly needing to skip a meal or two is not all that heavy by today's standards.
While the food in this government film needs some improvement, e.g., fresh vegetables for canned, it still looks vastly superior to what's on the plate today as detailed by Mrs. Q in the School Lunch Project. Check out her blog here: http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/