French Fries or Die Those delicious golden hot sizzling medium French fries at McDonalds contain 380 calories, 171 calories from fat, 270 mg of sodium and plenty of salt. There is no doubt that junk foods, like fries, commonly served in school cafeterias are unhealthy. There has been a significant rise in child obesity, and food is a major contribution. Over 9 million children in the US are obese, and come with life threatening health problems. Schools need to focus on producing not only smart kids, but healthy ones as well.
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
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. Many children in America, get two out of the three meals at school. As stated in the article, "School Meals Need to Get Healthier: Report" published in Healthday, “About 30.6 million school children participated in the school lunch program in 2007, and 10.1 million children had school breakfasts. In 2007, schools in the program served about 5.1 billion lunches and 1.7 billion breakfasts” (Healthday). This staggering number directly relates to the childhood obesity problem in America.
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.
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). Nevertheless, artificial sweeteners have not been tested in humans and show kids they are healthier, rather than real sugar and real sweeteners, when in reality they contain ingredients that can cause cancer. To conclude, unhealthy foods in the cafeteria and the vending machines are the worst examples for the kids to maintain the healthy eating habits. Us Parents have to step in to make changes for our kids because in doing so would determine what kind of foods our kids are consuming. We do know for facts they are not getting the proper nutrients while in school, although they do spend in average of eight to 12 hours in schools.
With junk food so easily accessible it’s a big contributor to the rise in childhood obesity, what kind of nutritional example are they trying to set for kids. Children need to develop healthy eating patterns in and out of school, if public schools reduce the amount of junk food they provide it lowers the amount that the children can intake during school,
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.
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.
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.
The obesity epidemic is an increasing problem in America, and too many people just let it pass by. School menus in the United States particularly need to be updated so our youth can have a healthier future. Most schools have fast food restaurants in their cafeteria, which is one reason for a rise in obesity. People are not caring about what they use as brain food, when in reality, choosing the right food to eat during school can help improve attention spans and grades. Out of 116 schools, 106 had vending machines full of junk food (Pasch).