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.
That’s all I eat – the bad stuff” (Egan 1). “Most of it’s a time issue,” “claims Mary Ann Weber, assistant director for the division of Child Nutrition Services for the Ohio Department of Education.” “Kids don’t want to stand in line” (Vail 2). Through my experiences in high school, I remember that many students don’t have the patience to wait their whole lunchtime in line, especially when several schools on... ... middle of paper ... ... 2002: 1+. SIRS Researcher. SIRS Knowledge Source.
Flaws in these policies due to funding and nutrition guidelines cause children to suffer from the poor quality foods available in school and subsequently experience from numerous health defects. Childhood obesity is on the rise; rates have nearly tripled since the 1980s (CDC, 2011). According to the Center for Disease Control, 17% of children in the United States are classified as obese. One in every three children are overweight or obese (AHA, 2012). Overweight children have a body mass index between the 85th and 95th percentile in their age and sex category (CDC).
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 growing problem of child obesity is one of the main factors contributing to the promotion of better nutrition in schools. One in six children, 16 percent, from the ages 10 to 17 are considered to be obese (Afterschool, Alliance, and Foundation MetLife 1). Although there are determined efforts to educate children on healthy eating habits, “levels of obesity continue to rise” (Bullen 51). There are four times as many children showing signs of obesity than there were twenty years ago. With all of the other concerns students deal with, “obesity should not be among the many obstacles .
Since obesity has escalated tremendously since the 1970’s, it is only reasonable to make their school lunches responsible for the growth in obesity over the last 45 years (Food Timeline). Obesity is not developing in children who take lunch from home. Most parents are sure to pack healthy lunches for their children every day. Actually, bagged lunches or lunches that come from home usually consist of home cooked meals that children usually do not refuse these meals (Cluggish). My observation has been that children are inclined to eat home-cooked healthy meals than not
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. These parents argue that it should be left in the hands of the school board to determine the nutritional guidelines for their school lunch program and the amount of daily physical activity that children are given. Parents should not be opposed to tighter government restrictions on what can and cannot be served to students in schools, or mandates of increased physical activity, because these reforms will help decrease the strain on the health care system that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to create. The food schools serve our children has a great impact on their education and success in school. A large number of children in the United States eat lunch at school every day because most of them rely on the reduced or free lunch program.
Not only are they mainly targeting children but also they target low income families and helping cause obesity in their income groups, with their low prices and dollar menus these families are vulnerable to their advertisements. They also falsely advertise their food healthy products to try and convince their target market that their food is healthy and inexpensive. Fast food advertising has caused obesity in the U.S. Fast food advertising has caused childhood obesity by targeting children. Richard Feloni argues that "American children see over a thousand fast food commercials on television every year" (parag.1). He further explains how fast food restaurants like McDonalds targets mainly children by having hundreds of advertisements mainly targeting children every year.
Research shows “the prevalence of obesity among U.S. preschoolers has doubled in recent decades” (May 629). This is not surprising because we live in a “fast food” world where convenience is king. Where the television is the babysitter, and staying indoors to play video games is preferred to playing outside. So is this the child’s fault? Sometimes, but it is my opinion that parents are mainly to blame for childhood obesity because they are the ones that buy the groceries, set the television limits, and rely on fast food to feed their children.