So here's a teenager's view on this issue- At my school, almost every single lunch option is unhealthy, with the exception of a few types of salads. We have 4 soda machines and 1 candy machine. You'd think we'd all be obese, right? No. Teenagers are so concerned about how they look, and especially with swimsuit season coming up, we're all watching what we eat. But sometimes, when you've just failed a test, or your boyfriend broke up with you, you need that bar of chocolate or that can of Coke. Teenagers, most of us at least, are smart enough to know we can't go eating a candy bar and a thing of fried chicken every day. I do think that we should be allowed these options of candy and soda because sometimes you just need it. However, I don't think middle schools should have the machines. I know that when I was in middle school, I was not able to resist the calling of the salt and vinegar potato chips, and in elementary school, even less. But since I have been very active all of my life, it didn't really matter. I think they should start serving more nutritious meals, but,seriously, what 4th grader is going to choose a bag of carrot sticks instead of a bag of M+Ms?
Regarding replacing soda with water/juice-nice idea, but I'm sure the school would lose a lot of its money it gains from selling soda. Schools need the money and many kids would rather go without a liquid than have juice. It's just not the same.
We also do the standardized fitness tests every year. Some of the things are completely useless, such as pull ups. I am very much in shape and I've been lifting weights for quite a while, but I just can't do pull ups and I don't understand how they expect little kids to do that. Senior football players have trouble doing more than 10.
Also, I believe it is also partly the parent's fault if their kid is fat. You have to make your kid exercise! P.E. is not emphasized enough in our schools, so parents need to get their kid out there. Make them walk to their friend's house or to the grocery store. A lot of parents just let their kid play Nintendo all day long.
And Daddio, the whole Little League not keeping score thing is absolutely ridiculous. When I was playing little soccer, all I cared about was winning, but when nobody kept score and when I wasn't rewarded for my hard work, I just didn't want to play anymore. Whats the point? I'm a very competitive person, so it wasn't fun just to play with people who didn't even care about soccer. Anyway, SORRY for the really really long post!