It's not good manners to gobble your food, but some kids have no choice when they're at school because their lunch periods are so short.
Legislators who aren't so much worried about etiquette as they are about poor health want the State Board of Education to find out how long schools give students to eat lunch, Lynn Bonner reports.
State guidelines call for half-hour lunch periods, said Rep. Doug Yongue, one of the bill sponsors, but schools routinely set aside less time, with 17-minute lunch breaks reported in some high schools. He said that speed eating contributes to obesity and diabetes.
The House Education Committee passed the bill oday at Yongue's request.
"We need to see if we can do better than 17 minutes," said Rep. Larry Womble.