Clean Plate Club?

As we ease into 2011, it’s a decent time to revisit the ‘clean your plate’ ethic, as this Kansas City Star columnist does.

In this obesity-heavy era, it’s easy to scoff at the idea that we should eat all that’s on our plates. There are the eating disorder worries. And with today’s portion sizes so huge, eating all we’re served can be a dangerous proposition. 

At the same time, the ‘clean your plate’ ethic teaches a healthy respect for food. Especially if we’re served (or take) a modest amount of healthy food.

The K.C. column features a neat little tale toward the end. It’s worth reading, for a chuckle and a little inspiration on getting kids not to waste food (Hide the ketchup!).

What do you make of the ‘clean your plate’ idea? Does it have any value or is it just a harmful relic?

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