Let’s get this right out of the way: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a menace to society. He’s also an ignoramus who listens only to conventional "wisdom" ("Modern Ignorance") from "health authorities" on the take, being propped up by drug companies and synthetic-industrial "food" manufacturers.
Then there’s the lazies who man the New York City Department of Education, like Chancellor Joel L. Klein.
So what have these various miscreants been up to?
By Tom Randall
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) — New York City public schools cut 4.6 billion calories and 422 million grams of fat a year from students’ diets by eliminating whole milk, a switch that districts are adopting in the U.S. fight against obesity.
Whole milk was cut out in 2006, and fat-free chocolate milk replaced low-fat chocolate milk, according to a study that’s the first to measure how banning whole milk affects school nutrition. Students didn’t drink less of the healthier options, and average milk consumption increased 1.3 percent from 2004 to 2009, researchers said in the report published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now I suppose you’re wondering, as would be perfectly natural for anyone with even half a brain to do: how did it work out for the kids? After all, while we know that childhood obesity has been on the rise in general, perhaps NYC has stumbled onto something and can demonstrate that obesity in their district went down and health went up.
But don’t hold your breath. See, it’s not really about the kids and their wellbeing at all. Did you see it in the quote, above? "…according to a study that’s the first to measure how banning whole milk affects school nutrition." Not obesity, not health markers in flesh & blood children. No; school nutrition. "…For the health of the State." It’s really laughable, and so I guess this is where I ought to just go right ahead and call Bloomberg and Klein the impotent BIG liars they are, who take you for fools. They’re frauds, through and through. Here, take a look at this one, from the CDC no less:
So what are "the effects?" Did kids lean out, get sick less, do better in school? Anything? What are the results?
In 2005, the New York City (NYC) Department of Education (DOE) began reviewing its public school food policies to determine whether changes could help address the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in NYC (1). DOE determined that reducing consumption of whole milk and increasing consumption of fat-free or low-fat milk could help decrease students’ fat and calorie intake while maintaining calcium consumption. However, milk industry advocates and others expressed concern that phasing out whole milk might decrease overall student demand for milk. Nevertheless, during 2005–2006, DOE removed whole milk from cafeterias in all public schools serving the city’s approximately 1.1 million schoolchildren. To assess the effects of the switch on milk consumption, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) analyzed system-wide school milk purchasing data. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that DOE school milk purchases per student per year increased 1.3% in fiscal year 2009 compared with 2004 purchases. By removing whole milk and switching from low-fat to fat-free chocolate milk, NYC public school milk-drinking students were served an estimated 5,960 fewer calories and 619 fewer grams of fat in 2009 than they were in 2004. Other school systems can use these results to guide changes to their own school food policies.
See that? So here’s the scam carried out by the aforementioned frauds. For the same money to the "milk industry," the kids got less nutrients, less calories, but more sugar. In you take a cup of milk and take half the fat, 3/4ths, or all of it out (2%, 1%, skim) but still have a cup of volume, then you’ve removed nutritionally dense food that carries 9 calories per gram (fat) and replaced it with skim milk that carries 4 calories per gram, and, more sugar. But it’s even way worse than that. Milkfat has significantly less water than does the milk, so in terms of volume it’s a lot of healthful nutrition that’s going away. Essentially, they’re taking very high value, nutritious food and giving your kids mostly colored water in return. It’s criminal.
So the results they got — their chief concern — were that the milk industry can breath a sigh of relief, and actually jump for joy because the fat they take out of the milk is sold for quite a lot more by volume and is replaced by something far cheaper, skim milk — mostly water. Compare the cost per volume of skim milk and heavy cream at your local market.
So, the milk industry wins and profits even more, the aforementioned pipsqueak & clown get to do press releases and brag about their out-of-context "accomplishment" — because they’re liars and frauds — and the kids get the shaft: they get less quality for their money and they’re fatter and more diabetic than ever.
Oh, and a final note about Bloomberg & Klein: they don’t give a shit about your kids, not in the slightest.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2009) — Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. This is one conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.
The study showed that children who drink full-fat milk every day weigh on average just over 4 kg less.
"This is an interesting observation, but we don’t know why it is so. It may be the case that children who drink full-fat milk tend also to eat other things that affect their weight. Another possible explanation is that children who do not drink full-fat milk drink more soft drinks instead," says dietician Susanne Eriksson, author of the thesis.
The scientists also discovered a difference between overweight children who drink full-fat milk every day and those who do not. Children who often drink milk with a fat content of 3% are less overweight. The thesis shows also that the children eat more saturated fat than recommended, but those children who have a high intake of fat have a lower BMI than the children with a lower intake of fat.
Effing DUH!! It’s just such a mystery?! You want to see how bad it really is with assholes like Bloomberg and Klein running loose? Take a look.
Yep, let’s get ’em all on the statin drugs. Assholes. I just wonder how long people are going to stand around watching these ruthless, lying, profiteering frauds ruin the health of kids in almost genocidal fashion, before the shooting starts…
Well here, in closing — and just only because she’s a random idiot Google hit — I’ll pick on this last moron of the day: Stephanie’s Toddlers Blog and Stephanie Brown. Stephanie: listen, dipshit: if all you’re going to do is parrot what the ignoramuses of the American Academy of Pediatrics have to say without using your own head and injecting some credibility, critical thinking and common sense into the deal, then you should really just stop writing a "blog."
"Whole Milk for Weaned Babies is Out says American Academy of Pediatrics"
Jesus Christ, already.