Effects of School Lunch Policies

This humorous video by some students in Kansas takes on the changes in the school lunch program brought on by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  

Although the kids mainly take issue with the calorie restrictions in the Act, one of the more subtle points in the video is that kids have lots of options.  If they don't like what's being offered at school, they can go off campus or just wait till they get home.  The ability of students to substitute tends to limit the effectiveness of school lunch interventions.  For example, this study found that: 

students who eat school lunches tend to consume fewer vegetables away from school, indicating that there might be some substitution effect present


A policy of no store or snack bar leads to increased consumption of fruit in school. At the same time, there is some indication this policy is associated with less fruit and vegetable intake at home