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.
The obesity epidemic is an increasing problem in America, and too many people just let it pass by. School menus in the United States particularly need to be updated so our youth can have a healthier future. Most schools have fast food restaurants in their cafeteria, which is one reason for a rise in obesity. People are not caring about what they use as brain food, when in reality, choosing the right food to eat during school can help improve attention spans and grades. Out of 116 schools, 106 had vending machines full of junk food (Pasch).
For example, some schools prohibit junk food in vending machines, snack bars, and concession stands. According to American Journal of Public Health, “Soda is widely considered to be a contributor to the increase in obesity because it has been associated with excess energy intake and weight gain in several cross-sectional and prospective cohort studies.” In other words, junk food leads to laziness and weight gain if contributed on a daily basis. Having junk food in schools could become very costly for students by buying junk food every day for lunch. Students can always bring a healthy lunch from home. Schools around the world have different opinions toward junk food, to either provide it in schools or not.
Junk food today has become such a large factor on today 's society, from small snacks to even our public schools are overwhelmed with junk food. I believe that public schools should have a healthier and stricter regulations on top of what they already have. In regard to food they sell and are serving. There are so many problems that are affiliated with an abundance of junk food being sold. With junk food so easily accessible it’s a big contributor to the rise in childhood obesity, what kind of nutritional example are they trying to set for kids.
Some people are also arguing that it is impossible to implement these new rules. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. It is the responsibility of the schools, and the people involved with providing the school lunch and breakfast to deal with this problem and provide healthful lunch and breakfast. The Hunger-Free Kids Act of 1995 was introduced by the Department of Agriculture to take on the problem of malnutrition in kids. Those dietary guidelines have been followed since by the schools.
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”.
Namely, the United States have twelve big chain fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, KFC, etc. The advertising of fast food effects children under the age of 12 is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ents. The other one is that schools need to provide more hours to teach children about the negative effect of fast food. Why they are bad for their health and teach more about the healthy diets as a campaign to consume healthy food. In conclusion, advertising fast food to children under the age of 12 should be banned because it is considered harmful to children, encouraging long term unhealthy diets that lead children to obesity.
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.
Why Vending Machines Should Be Banned From Schools In “Hooked on ‘Caramel-Colored Gold,” Melody Nelson claims “Despite the increased awareness of the benefits of good nutrition, we are a nation hooked on junk food, and many school administrators are taking advantage of the situation ” (par. 3). Nelson propose a ban on vending machines in schools because junk food is unhealthy for children, and they risk future health problems. I agree with Melody Nelson and believe that vending machines should be banned from school campuses, because they sell unhealthy food, they cause more money to schools for hiring extra custodians, and they are affecting children learning abilities. First of all, these vending machines sell unhealthy food, which leads
Many kids in America suffer from type 2 diabetes and obesity. Schools do not inform children enough on what they should know about to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Schools should give information about having a healthy lifestyle by what they offer kids for breakfast and lunch, offering health classes to children at young ages, and limiting the amount of unneeded material students are exposed to at school. Schools should educate children about what they consume from what they offer children for breakfast and lunch. “With many schools districts facing budget shortfalls, a quick solution has come from offering more profitable fast food” (Barboza 17).