The USDA's definition of junk food, and nutrition standards in general, is quite outdated. To see how arbitrary and obsolete the rules are try this awesome junk food quiz.
We moved one step closer to updating our school's nutrition standards Wednesday when the Institute of Medicine released new nutrition standards for school vending machines, a la carte and other foods sold outside of school meals. This report just added to the momentum for national legislation to get soda and junk food out of schools. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) bipartisan legislation would require USDA to update its school nutrition standards, and apply those standards to the whole school day and everywhere on campus. Go here to encourage your representatives in Congress to bring our school food programs in line with current nutrition knowledge, quick before Matilda is in school and discovers the vending machines.