In the movie, Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore “invades” other countries with the prospect of bringing ideas back to the United States to improve various public-health related components, such as: worker conditions, education, school lunches, drug policies, and women’s health/rights. During this movie, there was one country that resonated with me the most—France. In this particular segment, Moore goes to a town near Normandy and tells the audience where he can obtain a three or four-star meal. Not to my surprise, he said an elementary school lunchroom. Prior to seeing this film, I watched several episodes of Parts Unknown, where Anthony Bourdain also sheds light on French school lunches and how they are prepared. However, there were some aspects that surprised me and even made me wonder why we, as Americans, do not teach our students how to develop healthier eating habits. As the movie progressed, I also began to compare the children in our country versus France and wondered why childhood obesity is more prevalent in the United States than any where else in the world.
As opposed to the less than thirty-minute lunch period most American schools have, French schools have one-hour set aside for lunch. What is even more surprising is that they treat this period like a class. Prior to the beginning of lunch, each student washes his or her hands. Afterwards, they enter their lunchroom where they will be served a four course balanced meal comprised of a veggie starter dish, main course, cheese, and dessert. Additionally, as opposed to waiting in line with a tray, the chefs of the kitchen serve the children at their tables. There are no vending machines or soda—in fact ...
... middle of paper ...
...ecognizing Illnesses Very Early and Responding, I feel that it is essential to integrate exercise and nutrition education to promote healthy habits. Even though this type of lunch education may not be included in the majority of school systems, I hope that we can raise awareness for its importance and possibly see some changes made to meals in order to combat childhood obesity.
"Health Policies and Data." Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit Not Fat. OECD.org, 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2016
La Billon, Karen. "French School Lunch Menus." Karenlebillion.com. 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.
"National School Lunch Program (NSLP)." National School Lunch Program (NSLP). USDA, 13 Jan. 2016. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.
Plantier, Rebeca. "What French Kids Eat For School Lunch (It Puts Americans To Shame!)." Mindbodygreen. Mind Body Green, 11 Aug. 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Growing Problem of Childhood Obesity in America Childhood obesity is not merely a problem; it has become something much greater than that. Excess weight carried by children is one of the most common issues that pediatricians come across, and within 30 years childhood obesity has tripled; likewise, one-third of children and adolescents are obese in the United States (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). There have been many exciting innovations in technology and mass media over the years, but they have led to significant consequences.... [tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Junk food, Hypertension]
1563 words (4.5 pages)
- The situation of our children today is not what it should be by any means. There are more children than ever that are faced with childhood obesity. Children should not be concerned about running around having fun and exploring the world, not about what they should and should not be eating and the impact it will have on them down the road. This is the sad truth of how the world is today. Childhood obesity is caused by a number of factors, such as poor eating habits, the absence of exercise, and poor family habits.... [tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Childhood, Childhood obesity]
1842 words (5.3 pages)
- (the problem at hand) Is childhood obesity or obesity in general the biggest problem in America. It very well may be the biggest problem America may be facing. The definition of obese is having excessive body fat. According to the center for disease control and prevention.Up to 18% of children ages 6-11 were considered obese and over the same time period adolescents ages 7-19 who were considered obese increased from 5% all the way to almost 21%. That is a huge increase from previous stats done in the past.... [tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Hypertension]
903 words (2.6 pages)
- From the downsizing of happy meals to the BMI (body mass index) worksheets now being sent home from schools, the increasing problem of childhood obesity has been brought to our attention over the past several years. Some may ask; what are the terms of recognizing a child as being overweight or obese. The CDC states, “Overweight is a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex.” According to the NCSL, “In sheer numbers, more than 12 million American children and adolescents are obese and more than 23 million are eithe... [tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Hypertension]
1398 words (4 pages)
- In today’s world of cheap, tasty, and convenient fast food, it’s all too easy to live off of packaged or restaurant foods; and it’s even easier to slip into this habit with kids in the back seat whining for French fries. And who wants to exercise when they could be watching television. However, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet can be devastating, especially during childhood. In fact, many Americans may not realize how serious the problem of youth obesity has actually become. According to the Center for Disease Control, “In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.” (Childhood Obesity Facts).... [tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Overweight, Physical exercise]
727 words (2.1 pages)
- CHILDHOOD OBESITY Childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems in the 21st century. A lot of scientists are studying this problem, as obesity among the children has grown tremendously in the last thirty years. Why is it starting to be a problem. Why are health departments all over the world sounding the alarm. Why is this problem becoming to be global and affecting many low-and middle-income countries, especially urban areas. Recently, forty-two million overweight children were counted all over the world.... [tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Childhood obesity, Body shape]
1255 words (3.6 pages)
- Do we ever think about how many children suffer from obesity. Many people haven’t realized that childhood obesity is slowly becoming a serious problem here in the United States. Our government should take childhood obesity very seriously to solve this problem. The government along with other citizens should care about childhood obesity is because everyone here is a human being. Every child may not be affected by this problem, but there will always be a child who is suffering from obesity. The government must also care because many of those children can possibly be the future of our country.... [tags: unhealthy habits, health related problems]
1176 words (3.4 pages)
- America is country facing some very big problem. In the United States, there are several problems including downturn on our economy, gay marriage, civil rights, war against drug, risky health factors and some interference with international affairs like US involvement in Syria. In all of those problems we are not working on that has cure for example some risky health factors. Some common health risk factors are alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, rising cholesterol, tobacco use, illegal drug use and childhood obesity.... [tags: school, physical activity, parents]
588 words (1.7 pages)
- Public Health Problem Childhood obesity is a problem in America that can be seen all too well in Orange county. There is so much information floating around that it can be overwhelming to try to process all of it and understand what is actually happening. Trying to understand the physical and psychological impact that obesity has on the future as overweight children grow into young adults and the health issues they will face can be difficult to grasp. Childhood obesity is a condition in which excessive body fat negatively affects the child’s health and wellbeing.... [tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Health care, Public health]
1318 words (3.8 pages)
- One the biggest problems we deal with today, especially in America is obesity. More specifically our younger generation. The number of obese children has risen dramatically in the last couple decades and doesn’t seem to be getting any better. With fast food restaurants popping up around every corner it’s hard not to see why we are a fat country and why our children will grow up to be obese. But who is to blame for this rise in obesity with in our young children, the parent. The fast food chains.... [tags: Younger Generation, Health Issue, Obesity]
1326 words (3.8 pages)