From the time they were in elementary school, students have heard about the importance of nutrition. Although they have been taught the value of a balanced, healthy diet, students continue to ignore the recommendations given to them and even complain about the steps that the school administration takes to improve the nutritional quality of the foods within the cafeteria. While the students may not realize it, obesity in children and teenagers has been steadily increasing, and schools nationwide are taking action to combat this epidemic (Rutledge 1). Schools should continue providing healthy foods on the lunch menu, as well as in the vending machines. The growing problem of child obesity is one of the main factors contributing to the promotion of better nutrition in schools.
The majority of foods in the schools around the United States are junk food. The food a child consumes at a school is usually fattening and can lead to diseases mentioned before. Another problem with a child not eating properly is not receiving the vitamins and minerals he/ she desires. A change that was made to provide healthy lunches is to give the students one cup of fruits and a decent meal size. Schuna has done research as to why the lunches are a major health concern and she discusses ways to resolve and/ or prevent these health issues.
Because of this the CPAG found that “in 2005 food banks reported the greatest increase in the number of people seeking help coming from working families”. For those who genuinely can’t afford to provide their children with nutritional breakfasts, Breakfast in Schools is the perfect solution to their children going to school hungry having a negative impact on their grades. “There is now a substantial body of research showing breakfast consumption contributes to a students academic and school attendance” (Rampersaud 2005). However there could be some families that would abuse this concept. They could not feed their children breakfast with the knowledge that there is a nutrition... ... middle of paper ... ... by the CPAG, shows that “the reasoning is simple: hungry children do not learn- feeding them improves their attendance, nutritional status and academic performance and behaviour”.
Those dietary guidelines have been followed since by the schools. The growing epidemic of childhood obesity is directly related to these dietary guidelines. Childhood obesity leads to health related problems later in life for these children. Many people have been arguing for new dietary guidelines to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture. “In an age of ep... ... middle of paper ... ...he new laws made by the Department of Agriculture are not cost efficient.
Nutrition - Teaching our Children to Eat Well When I look back at my experience through elementary and secondary school, and think about school lunch my memories are not cherished. The gray messy masses that smell and jiggle in a nebulous blob while the lunch lady deposits it onto my tray. No, those were not fond memories at all. I do remember having to look at the month ahead with my mother, because she wanted me to eat at least eat one school prepared meal a week. These were tough decisions for an elementary student, with picky taste in food.
Some might argue that kids themselves are the reason for the increase, because school lunches also provide healthier foods. Unfortunately, most kids do not have much of a choice - healthier foods are priced much higher than their unhealthy counterpart, consequently many parents do not want their kids to buy the more expensive, yet healthier product. In my 3½ years ... ... middle of paper ... ...n with a culture of obesity seemingly set in stone, our nation still has a chance to escape this predicament by spreading the message about healthy eating, imposing limitations on teacher food choices, setting additional requirements for Phys. Ed classes, and serving healthier foods in school lunch programs. For the sake of our nation’s children, let’s eliminate this problem and give parents the peace of mind they deserve.
According to Schanzenbach (2008), students who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese than those who eat lunches packed at home (p.685). This is so because parents control what their child is eating. Schools should not allow children to be able to purchase unhealthy foods and instead should be promoting healthier options. According to a report pertaining ... ... middle of paper ... ...les of the youth in America when there are so many adverse factors compelling children to have poor physical exercise and nutrition. Works Cited Kubik , M. K., Story , M. S., & Davey, C. D. (2007).
The Necessity of Nutritious School Lunches Mental and physical wellbeing are known to directly affect one another . Therefore, if a school’s obligation to its students is to provide a quality education for all, then it would naturally make sense to provide quality nutrition as well. This has led to a discussion on the necessity of nutritional lunches provided by schools. Many see the need for healthy nutrition throughout the school day. However, there is evidence that shows that school children often throw away nutritious food due to its unappealing nature.
From personal estimation, school nutrition has effect the lifestyle of the students that consume the food the school serves by their body’s condition and tedious habits. It has become common for the consumers of these foods to dismiss and forget about the nutritional value of what they are eating…or missing. The changes to the menu over the years have not been enough to help students keep up a decent condition in growth and health for their well-being. Overweight or obese children pose a higher risk physical and psychological health problems and economic concern for the country. Over the years, obesity has increased dramatically and is continually taking control of our nation.
Over the last few decades, Americans have had an amassing amount of health problems. Not only are health issues becoming more of a concern regarding adults, but also the number of children with poor health is on the rise. It has become such an immense issue over the past few years that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, has taken it upon herself and made a movement to improve the health of adolescents. While there are many reasons for the growth of health problems, a major provider is schools and the substandard food that they serve to the children. Thus, the poor quality of lunches is deleterious and deplorable because it introduces cheap, deficient diet habits, contributes to obesity at a young age, and lacks essential nutritional aspects.