Teachers should not dictate what is an acceptable diet!

teachers decide what kids should eat 

This article came across my Facebook and it’s not the first time I’ve heard of this happening.  This is actually becoming quite common throughout the country. 

As a parent of a child with feeding issues this really makes my blood boil. What gives these teachers and schools the right to decide what a child should or shouldn’t eat. If a child’s not violating any allergy rules (ex. Nut free) then that is all that should matter. These people are not registered dieticians. 

Some children need to be on higher calorie, higher fat foods. Some children have sensory issues, some children have various types of feeding issues. 

The frustrating part of this article is the choice of what is unhealthy. Chocolate milk is higher in sugar BUT if it is a childs only source of dairy who has the right to deny them. It’s not like it’s a can of cola. Or bearpaws, yes they are not the healthiest but they are a source of calcium and iron! I know because it’s one of the few foods W will eat. Again a much healthier option then chips or candy.

If W were to start school tomorrow he would end up going all day without food! As it is he likely won’t get into therapy until he’s 4 and feeding issues can be a huge hurtle to overcome. When W does start school I will be lucky if he has added to the list of foods he’ll eat and the idea that some teacher might not let him have those foods frightens and angers me.

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