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Watch what you eat in Texas schools; Big Brother is watching
AP/Syracuse Post Standard ^ | 5/11/11

Posted on 05/12/2011 5:08:08 AM PDT by markomalley

Smile, schoolchildren. You’re on calorie camera.

Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students’ lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers.

A computer program then analyzes the photos to identify every piece of food on the plate — right down to how many ounces are left in that lump of mash potatoes — and calculates the number of calories each student scarfed down.

The project, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, is the first of its kind in the nation. The cameras, about the size of pocket flashlights, point only toward the trays and don’t photograph the students. Researchers say about 90 percent of parents gave permission to record every morsel of food their child eats.

“We’re trying to be as passive as possible. The kids know they’re being monitored,“ said Dr. Roger Echon, who works for the San Antonio-based Social & Health Research Center, and who is building the food-recognition program.

Here’s how it works: Each lunch tray gets a bar code sticker to identify a student. After the children load up their plates down the line — cole slaw or green beans? french fries or fruit? — a camera above the cashier takes a picture of each tray.

When lunch is over and the plates are returned to the kitchen, another camera takes a snapshot of what’s left. Echon’s program then analyzes the before and after photos to calculate calories consumed and the values of 128 other nutrients. It identifies foods by measuring size, shape, color and density.

(Excerpt) Read more at syracuse.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; foodnazis; foodpolice; nannystate; obesity; rogerechon; sanantonio; schoollunch; usda
So I wonder when they are going to use RFID to monitor the childrens' toilet habits?
1 posted on 05/12/2011 5:08:09 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“.. monitor the children’s toilet habits”

Seriously. Will they measure it as well to make sure the same amount of weight going in is going out? This is absolute insanity.


2 posted on 05/12/2011 5:10:38 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: markomalley

Get the heck out of Texas.


3 posted on 05/12/2011 5:11:30 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: markomalley

San Antonio public school system has had 100% of its students enrolled in the federal free lunch program for years. If the feds pay for the food, they certainly can monitor what is eaten. There is no such thing as a “free lunch.”


4 posted on 05/12/2011 5:15:08 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: freekitty
Get the heck out of Texas government schools.
5 posted on 05/12/2011 5:15:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: markomalley
unded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I'm still waitng for anyone to tell me what the Dept of Agric has to do with anybody's business in Texas. This is a department that should be shut down completely.

There are more beurocrats on their payroll than there are farmers in this country. The state of Texas should tell them to go to hell and leave them alone. That is, of course, unless you can find "breakfast," "food,"or "children's lunches" anywhere in our Constitution.

6 posted on 05/12/2011 5:16:47 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: markomalley

What will be the result? Will fried foods be eliminated and replaced with healthier foods? Kids will just dump the raw veggies if forced to take them. How will Texas control their diet out of school? I guess Texas could pass a law controlling food along the lines of alcohol and tobacco – only people over 18 can buy junk food including fast food.


7 posted on 05/12/2011 5:18:26 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: markomalley

This is so ridiculous...surprised that it is taking place in Texas.


8 posted on 05/12/2011 5:33:19 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: freekitty

‘Get the heck out of Texas.’

Nope....Texas is the only place to be. This is anomaly and most certainly thought up by a few of the misguided ‘liberals’ who happen to live here.


9 posted on 05/12/2011 5:36:00 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Dudoight

well I think its a natural progression. If the government is paying for your schooling and as another poster mentioned food then as far as I’m concerned you’ve signed away most of your rights already.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 5:36:30 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: markomalley
This is one of the stories KLBJ is talking about this morning and one of the bigwigs at the school was saying "But this is federal money we are using and no cost to the taxpayers". Some people are REALLY stupid.
11 posted on 05/12/2011 6:13:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The American taxpayer cannot support the tax and spend habits of DC.)
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To: markomalley

I wonder how many girls will develop eating disorders from this new “experiment”.


12 posted on 05/12/2011 6:16:57 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded.")
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To: markomalley

13 posted on 05/12/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: R. Scott
Kids will just dump the raw veggies if forced to take them.
And they will get creative in doing it. The cameras will also snap a picture of the trays when they're returned to the kitchen for cleaning. Kids will take plastic bags to school so they can pack the leftover food and throw it away later, or they will take stuff in and add it to their plates to make it look like they ate less, or they'll pile the leftovers from 4 kids' plates onto 1. I could have a great time screwing with the minds of these researchers and bureaucrats. This is a complete boondoggle.
14 posted on 05/12/2011 6:33:30 AM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: markomalley

What about the kids who bring lunch from home? My kids won’t eat school food, they say it tastes like crap.


15 posted on 05/12/2011 6:34:49 AM PDT by Mama Shawna
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What about the kids who bring lunch from home? My kids won’t eat school food, they say it tastes like crap.

Well, that just will not be allowed, will it.

Your kids will like school food whether they like it or not!!!!

16 posted on 05/12/2011 6:36:24 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

what they’ll get is hours and hours of video proving that children WILL NOT EAT the sort of nouveau-green cuisine that Michelle Obama is attempting to shove down their throats.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 6:39:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mama Shawna; All
What about the kids who bring lunch from home? My kids won’t eat school food, they say it tastes like crap.

In Chicago schools, homemade lunches are forbidden.

18 posted on 05/12/2011 8:01:03 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: RBranha

It does open a lot of fun things for the kids to do. They can be creative.


19 posted on 05/12/2011 2:05:52 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: markomalley; Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; ...

Nanny State PING!


20 posted on 05/12/2011 6:22:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: markomalley

I expect the kids to start arranging their leftovers on the tray to say “EAT SHIT AND DIE”. If the school tries to give them a hard time about it, they just say it’s a cautionary warning about the quality of school food.


21 posted on 05/12/2011 6:35:17 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: markomalley

I’d like to see them do it with Michelle the hypocrite first.


22 posted on 05/12/2011 6:38:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (An illegal alien from Kenya did the job George W Bush didn't want to do.)
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To: Moonman62

Oh, no, nothing but lobster and ribs for Her Thighness! Who the hell are you to question your betters, peasant? 500 “Save Me, Big Government”’s for you mister!


23 posted on 05/12/2011 6:45:38 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 05/12/2011 8:11:32 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Dudoight

Normal free citizens who were annoyed by cigar or cigarette smoke thought that they would stop once smoking was banned.

They are trying for a smoker ban in TX now.

This is a well funded social engineering experiment. Pubic Health (tm) is a racket.

What else would egghead research grant junkies and non profit board members do for a living?

Wait on tables?


25 posted on 05/13/2011 8:50:44 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Beware of the Socialist Government-Academia Grant Junkie-Rich "non-profit"-Liberal Media Complex)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Texas is the last hold out against the administration and big gov’t. No doubt these ‘researchers’ got a fed grant for this. There are libs in Texas and while the fed hands out the $ to this bunch....Texas is denied FEMA $ for the over 2.5million acres burned during the wild fires...and the ATF was solely responsible for the burning of 150,000 of these acres.

I think the 2 million would have been better spent for our wild fire problem.


26 posted on 05/14/2011 7:17:11 AM PDT by Dudoight
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