School Cuisine

It can be a real meal or a tray full of trouble, depending on what's on the menu

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Heaping portions of unhealthy food are a bad idea.

The lunchroom wasn't always such a complicated place. Fifty years ago, kids would gulp down helpings of fatty pot roast and butter-soaked mashed potatoes without thinking twice about the impact on their waistlines. But that was before the rise of supersized portions and sedentary lifestyles.

Today it seems that what goes on students' trays has become everyone's business. And while efforts are being made by governments to ensure that cafeterias offer healthier meals, many schools are still failing to make the grade. According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, fewer than one-third of public schools...