The health of school lunches has been a very controversial topic among students, parents, schools, and the government. Parents want their children to be healthy, but at a low cost. It seems that the “healthier” the school lunches are, the more they cost and the less kids want to eat them. Also, the proportions of food may not be enough to fill the students’ stomachs. Many children also have food allergies and other medical conditions that may need to be accommodated.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I can understand that schools often need extra budget to manage their expenses, but they can do other things like organizing concerts, plays etc to earn the money, rather than relying on these vending machines. I also believe that parents are equally responsible for their child’s poor nutrition and health, because they give money to their children for buying the junk food. However, some parents do care about their children’s health “Parents group in Philadelphia have successfully blocked a 43-million dollar contract with Coca-Cola, and others have forced schools to sell only nutritious snacks during lunch” (par.18). These kind of actions should be taken on an emergency basis nationwide, because this is the matter for our future, which relies on the well-being of the
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”. This helps the child to engage in their learning which makes the teaching easier. It also makes the other children’s learning process easier as the teacher is not focused on one students behaviour and lack of engagement. Children going to school without breakfast is a major nutritional issue in todays society and it needs to be addressed. Breakfast in Schools is the perfect solution to this issue.
The flaw in this argument is that if students and their parents want their child to eat unhealthy foods, they can pack them in their lunch and bypass the schools health rules completely. By banning fast food at school, students have the right to eat in whichever manner they please, and may bring whatever they hunger for themselves. So basically if banned, students will bring their own fast foods anyways. If that were to be the case then the school would have to let them eat what they bring from home, but the school can’t afford to be an incorrect example in nutrition to the majority of the student population. As educational entity a school is, it should always work towards what benefits the most of its students and pupils; they should point to what really is beneficial for the majority.
As sometimes parent do not have time and financial resources to properly feed their children, these programs become the only source for obtaining healthy meals and thus the only way to ensure properly developing both intellectually and physically. Notwithstanding the fact that is may imply additional costs for the taxpayers the future of the nation is priceless in terms of health and academic performance. The stability of the country depends on the individuals that tomorrow will become the working class of adolescents and providing them with free lunches now indeed has the capacity of equaling their chances in becoming efficient citizens in the future. [832 words] References: Curtin, D. (2014, Nov.13). Decile funding – pros and cons.
The more access kids have with unhealthy food, is the schools because schools have junk foods and how hard is it to ask mom or dad for some money for they can get some chips, pop, candy and all those unhealthy snacks, and not getting yelled at by their parents. Because of obesity the number is increasing in America we should ban all junk foods from schools. More than 40 percent of children are over weight mostly because of unhealthy foods and lack of exercise. The parents should be more involved in the kids eating habits. They should talk with their children what they can or can’t eat on the school menus.