Healthy eating sets limitations to the consumption of energy-dense foods and high-caloric beverages; therefore, fast food restaurants should not furnish school lunches. School lunches should provide the healthiest options for students. Ann Louise Gittleman, one of America’s top nutritionists, stresses that “Healthy eating gives energy and concentration skills opposed to unhealthy processed foods which slow one’s brain down and cause sugar crashes in children.” thus making children bovine. If students crash, their focus can be shifted and lessened. According to the School Health Policies and Programs Study in 2006, 11.7 percent of elementary schools, 19 percent of middle schools, and 23.5 percent of high schools included meals from fast food restaurants, such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, amon... ... middle of paper ...
Overall, there would be almost 19 percent of students obese and or with diabetes in schools. Federal government believes that they could control the United States nutrition policy because they think parents cannot be trusted to teach their children how to make healthier dietary choices to meet their needs. In defiance of the government regulating 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. Lunches now include fruits and veggies. Because of all the limits of fat and sodium those who crave something like French fries get baked sweet potato wedges and because of calorie restrictions, meat and carbohydrates portions are smaller.
Childhood Obesity is on the rise in the United States. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, “childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008[…] adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.” (CDC 2010) Parents have started to file complaints with school districts and state representatives about the lack of attention this issue is receiving. There have been several references to the school lunch program and the lack of physical activity that children are provided during the school day. On the other side, some parents believe that the government should not be involved and does not have the right to tell the students what they should or should not eat.
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.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is just an act. If children are still hungry, they may not be receiving enough from the new act menu. Children are not necessarily healthier, because they are not consuming the healthier options provided by the act. “There are studies that show higher fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower body weight, no difference in body weight or, in fact, higher body weight,” says Richard Mattes, a professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University”( Mantel). When children retire home to devour the calories they did not consume while in school, we are not successfully fighting the obesity problem with this act.
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
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