Are the school lunches affecting the children’s health in a poor way? Studies have shown that the majority of schools are not serving the proper amount of food or even “good” food due to the cost. “Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach said that school lunches are, in fact, causing child obesity” (Schanzenbach). Schanzenbach also claims that the “Reduced-Lunches” also has a factor in obesity, due to student’s being able to purchase more unhealthy foods than usual. There are ways to boost up the school lunches to help benefit the students.
Many families cannot afford the rising costs of lunch. It seems that many schools are not exactly happy with the new regulations being made by the USDA because many kids are still hungry at the end of the day, and many of them have extra-curricular activities after school. Michelle Obama thinks that cutting portion size is a good way to help with childhood obesity, but by doing this children are just unhealthy and hungry. Many people believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is not making a lot of progress in making school lunches healthy and cost efficient. In order to solve these problems, many families choose to have their child bring their own lunch to school.
When someone consumes empty calories, it makes them more likely to indulge on fatty foods because they are not receiving the essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to survive. We see that from indulging on unhealthy foods, one could easily become overweight or even obese. FIGURE 1: RISE OF OBESITY RATES IN AMERICA STRUGGLE OF COLLEGE STUDENTS In today’s society, college students face many trials in and out of the classroom. Among these problems is the constant struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In a recent study it was stated that “59 percent of students at a midsize university in Oregon were food insecure at some point during the previous year.
In adults, around 70% are overweight and 30% are obese. Nevertheless, our nation’s public schools are continuously promoting virulent foods through its lunch programs and on-campus advertisements. Although I understand that unhealthy food is cheaper and tastier, we must remember that those foods are causing our nation’s children to become obese. Factors such as cheap unhealthy foods in school lunches, junk food ads in schools, and teachers eating pernicious foods in class are causing more and more children to make the easy choice, the unhealthy choice. Obesity is a growing epidemic in the U.S, one that we need to promptly eradicate.
The overweight epidemic can be caused by many factors, but schools meals are a major contributor. Every day thousands of students consume school meals, unaware of the low nutritional value they hold. The United States government has done some work to protect and improve this problem by setting regulations with the U.S.DA, but it is not enough. School nutritional standards need to be improved for the safety and wellbeing of our children. Over the years the school lunches have dropped their nutritional standards and our children are paying the price with their lives.
“Our Schools need to start teaching kids how to be healthy.”- Unknown. School lunches have created a chronic problem in a school setting, and since it hasn't been fixed, 6-11 year olds have had a 17% increased chance of becoming obese (Centers for Disease control and Prevention). Most school districts don't even bother changing the food restrictions just so they can please their students. Unhealthy school lunches are a huge problem among children in the United States, it can cause obesity, stress, and many other problems. One problem among school lunches is how all the unhealthy foods build up over time and cause obesity.
There are some things that are being done to address the issue. More things could also be done to prevent this issue that children are facing. The rise of obesity among children has increased over many decades. Research shows that obesity is a health issue that is rising because of fast food restaurants not revealing the calories and nutritional content in their food product’s, parents not taking time to feed their children healthy home cooked meals and children not getting enough exercise. Obesity has taken over many kids lives.
In high schools, their hormones are changing and when they eat or drink foods that are not healthy, their hormones respond to those, by making them hyper, unable to learn and to comprehend subjects better in schools. Furthermore, those unhealthy foods really affect their grades, which in turn, the school grade drops to a “C or D” school in the district. Researchers have shown how unhealthy eating habits have affected high-schoolers in schools. In addition, eating a healthy breakfast in the morning before a big exam, the FCAT in FL, shows an increase in the high-schoolers grades. Moreover, the controversy over cafeteria food is whether or not it is healthy for all students from elementary schools to colleges.
Unhealthy cafeteria food is a problem for countless reasons. Eating unhealthy foods at school at an early age can lead to bad eating habits for the rest of your life. This leads to obesity in children, and continuing to adults. “Currently over two thirds of states in America have obesity rates. For adults over twenty percent and nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.”(Scheff, Examiner, Food Revolution) This is just one of the ways that cafeteria food affects you in a negative way.
I believe that Breakfast in Schools is a good concept but it needs to be developed. There are genuine reasons why some parents can’t afford to feed their children nutritional breakfasts. Food insecurity is a growing concern within families “especially as incomes drop and food prices continue their relentless rise” as stated from the CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group). As incomes fall, pressure is put on families to cover extra bills like school fees, rent/mortgage fees and electricity bills on top of trying to feed their families. 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”.