School Lunches Lead to Obesity in Our Children

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Nationally, about 17% of people under the age of 20, about 12.5 million are considered obese. School districts that serve students food that are high in calories and fat are to blame for the growing numbers of obese children. Although school lunches provide students food at minimal costs, the poor quality of food served delivers inadequate nutrition and is responsible for the rising numbers of obese minors in the United States. In order to combat this growing problem, school districts must limit student choices in the lunchroom and provide healthier food nationally. Although some school districts may argue this, it is necessary to do so as school districts in Pennsylvania and Mississippi and university studies support this claim.
Despite evidence provided by university studies, there are people that claim lunches sold in schools are not directly associated with childhood obesity. Jennifer Van Hook, a professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University says that “Schools only represent a small portion of children's food environment.” Van Hook claims that the obesity problem surfaces with poor choices of foot consumption outside school (Radford). This is especially true for teenagers who are more dependent have more disposable income. Minors may obtain foods that are high in calories and fat from home, at a fast food restaurant, and from other people. Van Hook also stated that “Kids are actually very busy at school... There really isn't a lot of opportunity for children to eat while they're in school, or at least eat endlessly, compared to when they're at home.” While school is in session, students are unable to consume food except at certain times of the day. Nevertheless, children consume most of their calories outside class f...

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... both school districts. Overall, school districts that implemented stricter food policies experienced a decrease of childhood obesity which is backed up by multiple studies. Healthier lunch options in schools are on the rise but it is a slow moving progression. Obesity is still a fast growing problem in the United States. One of the best and simplest things that individuals can do is bring their own lunch to school. The brown bag lunch is shown to be much healthier than eating in school cafeterias. Even though healthy school lunch options are slowly progressive throughout the country, the results of it are outstanding with school districts reporting decreases in child obesity. With more education of this problem, and increase the support of schools to serve healthier lunch options, America may be able to rid itself of this epidemic that America has faced for years.

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