Are the school lunches affecting the children’s health in a poor way? Studies have shown that the majority of schools are not serving the proper amount of food or even “good” food due to the cost. “Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach said that school lunches are, in fact, causing child obesity” (Schanzenbach). Schanzenbach also claims that the “Reduced-Lunches” also has a factor in obesity, due to student’s being able to purchase more unhealthy foods than usual. There are ways to boost up the school lunches to help benefit the students.
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
Obesity is a growing epidemic in the U.S, one that we need to promptly eradicate. First of all, an increasing amount of kids are becoming overweight because their schools pressure them to eat sugary, fatty, and high-calorie foods. Not only do many schools promote consumption of harmful foods, many schools also actively serve them in school lunches. In 1963, 4% of kids were obese; currently, approximately 17% of kids are obese. Some might argue that kids themselves are the reason for the increase, because school lunches also provide healthier foods.
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.
Is Fast Food the Cause to Obesity, or is it Just a Factor? Over three hundred thousand deaths occur every year due to obesity. Obesity adds over one hundred seventeen billion dollars in health care every year (Stern 11). Obesity is an ongoing epidemic in the United States as well as in other countries. Kids eat out more than often, portion sizes are exceeded, and fast food has started being served in school cafeterias.
Students MUST take at least 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable for a meal. Fruits and vegetables are now considered two separate groups, with increased servings. Since Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect School districts have been struggled to executing the program, the backlash from students was almost immediate children began throwing away most of their lunch.”The School Nutrition Association said that 70 percent of school meal programs had taken a significant financial hit since the new mandates went into effect. Cafeteria operators from Los Angeles to New York report discouraging amounts of food waste and declining
“A study in 2007 found that eating processed meat increased the risk of getting bowel cancer.” (BuzzFeed) If people just ate less than seventy grams of processed meat per week there would be four thousand fewer cases of bowel cancer. Numerous schools sell processed meats to their students. Little do they know it could be the cause of cancer causing kids and teens to die. Processed foods are not the only foods causing cancers and deaths. “Trans fats are like plastic and when we eat them, they incorporate in our cells and our cells cannot communicate, or talk to one another.
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.
“Our Schools need to start teaching kids how to be healthy.”- Unknown. School lunches have created a chronic problem in a school setting, and since it hasn't been fixed, 6-11 year olds have had a 17% increased chance of becoming obese (Centers for Disease control and Prevention). Most school districts don't even bother changing the food restrictions just so they can please their students. Unhealthy school lunches are a huge problem among children in the United States, it can cause obesity, stress, and many other problems. One problem among school lunches is how all the unhealthy foods build up over time and cause obesity.
Unhealthy cafeteria food is a problem for countless reasons. Eating unhealthy foods at school at an early age can lead to bad eating habits for the rest of your life. This leads to obesity in children, and continuing to adults. “Currently over two thirds of states in America have obesity rates. For adults over twenty percent and nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.”(Scheff, Examiner, Food Revolution) This is just one of the ways that cafeteria food affects you in a negative way.