Schools need to focus on producing not only smart kids, but healthy ones as well. Kids rely on their schools to provide them with a nutritional meal, but often times are given unhealthy meals that lead to the obesity epidemic. Therefore, junk food should be banned in schools. There is no avoiding junk food advertisements because it shows up on social media, TVs, radios, vending machines, billboards, logos, etc. Companies spend on average $148 million a year on advertising in schools in commercials, equipment, vending machines, and rewards programs.
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.
14 Feb. 2014 Townsend, Nick, Simon Murphy, and Laurence Moore. "The More Schools Do To Promote Healthy Eating, The Healthier The Dietary Choices By Students." Journal Of Epidemiology & Community Health 65.10 (2011): 889-895. Academic Search Complete. Web.
This is one of the leading causes in the United States for the obesity epidemic, because people do not care about eating healthy when something cheaper and faster is more available. Due to many commercials and advertisements going around in the media, fast food has left 16 percent of children ages between 6-11 overweight and 14.3 percent at risk of becoming overweight (Onge). Another reason that advertisements target teens is because many fast food restaurants are on high school campuses. Studies have found that meal combinations at restaurants meet less one percent of the daily nutrition recommended by experts (“Fast Food Companies”). Most teens would be angry if they found that the fast food restaurants were being removed from their campus, but it would help those live better healthier and longer lives.
Also, according to “Healthy Day Consumer News,” schools and parents should be working together to improve the school nutrition, In other words, the teachers and parents should teach the kids about living a healthy lifestyle. Many parents and faculty members believe that schools should have improvements in the systems for healthy food. According to the article, “Why are schools selling junk foods to kids” it states American students suffering over obesity in schools. In other words, reasons for the obesities is because of vending machines and junk food on campuses. Having junk food is a win-win situation because we, the students get to eat the junk food, and the school is getting money to fund the school.
Some people are still wondering if there are others to blame for the rise. There are many calories and not enough nutrition in fast food restaurant food. These calorie foods and lack of nutrition can play a part in childhood obesity. Fast food restaurants need to work with parents to come up with nutritional and low calorie meals. There are many ways that a parent can work with fast food restaurants to make sure their children are getting a well-balanced nutritional meal.
School lunch have to serve crucial nutrients and be in age appropriate serving sizes as designed by nutrition professionals (Haugen). Nourishment is important to serve and that shows schools are required to have essential nutrients in food if following this schools meal program. If the school follows NSLP guidelines the students who consume the lunch benefit from more vegetable, milk and milk products, and meat than those students who do not (Haugen). Statistics show schools that follow a school lunch program eats healthier. Encouraging better nutrition is important in schools because it will be cheaper for the schools.
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School Lunches are Preposterous Schools worldwide try to make changes for the better when it comes to the nutritional values of things served at school lunches, or do they? In 2010, Michelle Obama came in to better the school lunches by increasing its nutritional value. Many parents below the middle class line get help from the government to pay for their child’s lunch. Even middle class are having a difficult time paying for lunches. Many students are even coming home hungry because what was being served at school isn’t worth the little money some of them have.
Our lunches are loaded with high amounts of calories, fat and carbs, and let’s not forget about grease! Healthy school lunch options at Saint James School are a serious issue. Saint James has to take action to help its students in a positive way and set them up to have a healthy life in the long run. Students eating healthier affects not only their health, but also affects their performance in the classroom. Healthy school lunch options will help parents also.What students eat in school will affect the way they eat as they get older.