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.
17th April 2014 A nutritional issue in New Zealand society today is young people making poor nutritional choices for breakfast. There are many reasons why this occurs but one major reason is that some families cannot afford to feed their children a nutritional and healthy breakfast. Over the last few years, there has been a debate about breakfast being available in schools to address this issue. Breakfast in Schools is a program created, in order to provide children who go to school hungry with a healthy and nutritional breakfast. I believe that Breakfast in Schools is a good concept but it needs to be developed.
School nurses currently spend a lot of time tending to immediate medical needs and dispensing medication, but school nurses will need to become educators and strong advocates for change in the school system (Kubik, Story & Davey, 2007, p.507). Lack of physical exercise and poor nutrition are the two primary causes of obesity. Children spend a large majority of the day in school, but many lack programs that promote physical exercise and healthy eating. Nurses should work with the school’s food services to create healthier lunches, prevent unhealthy snacks from being sold, and eliminate the use of food as an incentive and reward. 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).
The Problem with Obesity Some would say that obesity is a social problem and others would say it is a governmental concern. Child obesity is a major issue and has increased throughout many generations with the economic growth and the wrong information of dietary guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are many causes of obesity that play numerous roles from childhood to adulthood. Obesity starts at home and is a result of parents not being properly informed about the correct nutritional values that their children need. Some fault is from the USDA and their lack of informing parents with correct nutritional dietary guidelines.
The government has started becoming more involved in schools and their lunch programs. First lady Michelle Obama has had a huge influence in foods that children consume and fast food advertisment. She states, "Our classrooms should be healthy places where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food". She has asked for $10 billion to improve school lunches, but there has been many budget cuts which make this diffic... ... middle of paper ... ...y foods by learning how to make good choices. It also plays a role in independence as children get older and more mature in what foods they eat and how ti effects them.
In America itself only about two percent of kids eat a healthy diet. The topic I selected is if changes should be made to the regulation for food being served in public schools. I say yes, the school food menus should be changed in all public schools. The main reason I selected this article is because America is unhealthy in general and obesity is on the rise mainly due to the fact of unhealthy food. Also I went to public schools for over a decade and have seen the unhealthy food that is being served.
School Nutrition “New School lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.” (Elizabeth Harrington 3). Because of The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act “ New meals are required to offer a whole grain,protein,fat free or low fat milk, fruits and vegetables”(Arit John 10). Even if the government regulates school lunches to prevent obesity and diabetes, the government should not be able to regulate them because students are not happy with the new school nutrition requirements, schools should be responsible for providing a nutritious lunch children will eat. The Government regulates school lunches
Obviously, the school systems were going to need to find a way to ease their students into eating the healthier foods that they now needed to offer. The federal government used Michele Obama to promote eating healthier and getting active, but the program for healthier school lunches was called a failure after some time. There are so many things that people could say about the new rules regarding school lunches, but all of those things would result in nothing. When our government set these rules on school lunches, there was no fighting what was currently happening and no going back on what we were accustomed to. How much did school lunch cost when you were growing up?
These poor standards are the main contributor to many of the over weight problems children are facing. The United States government needs to impose new laws and regulations to help stop this problem from growing even more. The National School Lunch Program needs to stop cutting budgets and spend the money to improve school meals because they do not meet nutritional standards; they are affecting childhood obesity and finally causing poorer academic performance. Low nutritional food seems to have caused an addiction for our children, causing unwanted weight g... ... middle of paper ... ...Learning.Com. 22 Mar.
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.