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 lunch break comes around and starving kids that have had little to no breakfast from an early morning, they tend to over eat whatever is available to them, which may not be healthy, depending on what is served. “So often people who sell unhealthy food say that t... ... middle of paper ... ...rought up obese by their parents makes eating habits difficult to change due to similar diets. If obesity in children could decease, then the bullying rates in school could lower as well. Child would see as a decent place to learn and have confidence in how they feel physically and emotionally about themselves. In other words, depression in teenagers and children would reduce.
School Nutrition “New School lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.” (Elizabeth Harrington 3). Because of The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act “ New meals are required to offer a whole grain,protein,fat free or low fat milk, fruits and vegetables”(Arit John 10). Even if the government regulates 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, schools should be responsible for providing a nutritious lunch children will eat. The Government regulates school lunches
Another factor of food waste is the act limiting children’s caloric intake in the fight against childhood obesity; the government has overlooked the nutritional needs of students that are not obese. The worst part is that the children are still hungry despite the numerous fresh fruit and vegetables offered to the students. They chose to throw them in the trash instead of eat them. The new lunch program has become a national influence of more waste and hunger. Childhood obesity is on the rise, so understanding the directive behind government’s smaller portions is not difficult to recognize.
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”. For those who genuinely can’t afford to provide their children with nutritional breakfasts, Breakfast in Schools is the perfect solution to their children going to school hungry having a negative impact on their grades. “There is now a substantial body of research showing breakfast consumption contributes to a students academic and school attendance” (Rampersaud 2005). However there could be some families that would abuse this concept. 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”.
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 nurses currently spend a lot of time tending to immediate medical needs and dispensing medication, but school nurses will need to become educators and strong advocates for change in the school system (Kubik, Story & Davey, 2007, p.507). Lack of physical exercise and poor nutrition are the two primary causes of obesity. Children spend a large majority of the day in school, but many lack programs that promote physical exercise and healthy eating. Nurses should work with the school’s food services to create healthier lunches, prevent unhealthy snacks from being sold, and eliminate the use of food as an incentive and reward. According to Schanzenbach (2008), students who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese than those who eat lunches packed at home (p.685).
Moreover, the controversy over cafeteria food is whether or not it is healthy for all students from elementary schools to colleges. Numerous factors lead to unhealthy eating in schools and on campuses. Sometimes options with better nutrition are offered, but when there are, they tend to be less appealing than the unhealthy foods which turns to obesity. Many schools are undergoing budget cuts and changes, and healthy food tends to take a back burner when deciding where the limited amounts of money should go (Gupta). Unfortunately, when schools do have healthy ingredients, the food is usually prep... ... middle of paper ... ... in food in the cafeteria lead to clogging the arteries that eventually lead to heart diseases (Ardis).
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.
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.