Introduction Even as one of the richest countries in the world, childhood hunger affects millions of kids across the United States. We all know that we need food to survive, but it is crucial that a child has more than enough food to just survive. Children between 4-10 are learning the most basics and most important ideas in school and social life, and without proper nutrition, these children can fall behind. Due to poor federally funded programs, local cities and communities must come together to make sure no child goes hungry. Proper nutrition is important for growing children for a healthy mental, social, and physical life; however, some children do not have access to a proper nutrition.
This shows that the Macrosystem is failing the child, as the child is not getting the meal that they need due to the government’s guidelines. Consistently eating processed and sugary foods can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease later in adulthood. (The Children’s Society, 2012) This links with the Health Belief Model’s perceived susceptibility (Glanz, 1997) as the children may start to think about their own risk of developing a health condition due to poor diet; however, the child may believe that the condition will only affect adults so they will be less likely to change their behaviour. Furthermore, the parent may start to think of the perceived severity and want to avoid the consequences of the condition due to
School lunches are destroying our children 's health. Everyday students make choices on what they plan to eat, but is it a healthy choice? School lunches are changing all the time and kids get hurt by these choices. Even though some people may think school lunches are healthy for our children, they actually aren’t because of the choices they are making, affect how students will focus in class and the school lunches are formed around many different prices. Students choices they make on food can affect how they will focus in class.
It is 11:18 A.M. on a regular school day, and I am anxiously monitoring the clock, hoping that the bell will ring announcing the end of fourth period and the start of lunch. I expect my lunchbox to contain the usual tuna salad and sleeve of saltine crackers. After what seems like an eternity, my science teacher dismisses the class, and I am nearly skipping on my way to the cafeteria, attracting the unwanted stares of my judgemental peers. It seems like I am the only one happy to eat the same lunch every day. My friends have already unpacked their lunches and are admiring each other’s cooking skills.
Taking away E.P.A., State Department, Agriculture, and Education will mostly affect low and middle income people because they will not have sufficient money to get health care and food for their families. In addition, education is necessary for children to get a degree and a job. As of now, certain schools lack certain commodities; their food is not in good quality, and the arts department has less of a budget compared to higher departments such as math or sports. When students are not educated enough, they tend to get the idea that dropping out of school is the best option. They are wrong; without education people tend to be not well informed about current events.
“Children who eat lunches at school are five times more likely to eat a minimum of two servings of a fatty food, like fried chicken” (Gaille). As 30 million kids walk through the lunch lines everyday, they are no longer served greasy pizza and french fries. They are offered a more healthy meal thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Murphy). This has resulted in meals being lower in fat, calories and sodium and also contain more fruits, vegetables and proteins. Consequently, kids just aren’t having it.
Subsequently, the child may suffer from difficulties involving speech articulation as these initial years are critical for speech development. Children with ECC can also experience delayed physical development, especially in height and weight. The pain caused by ECC may lead to a reduced appetite resulting in malnutrition. In fact, loss of teeth often leads to psychological trauma in children from dental procedures required to restore their teeth. Criticism by siblings, peers and family members may lead to poor
Students tend to stay up for homework due to the fact that they usually don 't’ have enough time. Not getting enough sleep will increase the development of poor health making students incapable of learning. “Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression and lower sex drive” (Brain Team and Spine). Just by that, homework can ruin personal lives by taking what students need like enough sleep.
Although ideally the children could be provided healthy food, it is a priority that they do not go hungry. In the United States, 17% of children ages 6 -12 are obese, and among low-income families the obesity rates are even higher (Mozaffarian, Wiecha, Roth, Nelson, Lee, & Gortmaker, 2010). Lower-income children are at even more risk because a high fat and sugar diet during developing years can shape negatively impact their growth and development, potentially setting them up for poor health for the rest of their lives (Mednik-Vaksman, Lund, & Johnson, 2016). Alternatively, lunch programs could be used to establish healthy dietary and physical habits in children to help them maintain a balanced diet through the rest of their lives. In an after school program at the YMCA, switching to healthier snacks while providing education about healthy dietary habits was found to be very effective in switching the children to healthier snacks.
Students are more to be tardy and to be absent and they tend to sleep during classes yet it could also affect the performance of the students in school. Early school start times are one of the identified by The National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association of New England as a factor of sleep deficiency. According to Croft (1994), she believes that early school start times have a “deleterious impact” and impose an “unrealistic burden” on students. Researchers commented that sleep deprivation among students is epidemic (Developmental Neuroscience, 2009). Previous research tends to find that students in early starting schools are more likely to be tardy and to be absent.
As a senior at Patrick Henry High School (PHHS), I am greatly concerned with the inadequate fulfillment of public school children’s dietary needs and the poor quality of school lunches. The lack of the necessary components from the meals provided by the district shows the scarcity of care towards students. By purchasing local, fresh produce from San Diegan farms, the nutritional value of meals would be greatly enriched; furthermore, it would lead to a reduction of costs and an effort to prevent childhood obesity. Poor eating habits instigate the enervated physiques and well-beings of students. In order to deter from these detrimental results, support from the district is crucial.
Sarah Wu, who is a mother and an elementary school teacher decided on January 4, 2010 to eat the school lunch every day. She decided to blog about each day she ate the school lunches. Sarah Wu had experienced her students constantly complaining about the school lunches as well as hearing it from her own children. Sarah decided to conduct an experiment of her own to observe what would happen to her if she were to consume the lunch provided to the students for a certain period of time. Her results lead her to the conclusion that the school lunches should not be fed to the growing children.
I see the struggle present in the community and it pains me to see that we are a food desert, it pains me to see that our schools aren 't properly funded, and it pains me to see some of our teachers are inexperienced. I am pained because my Montbello is my home. My school is a result of a broken and corrupt system that took a bulldozer to the staple of the community; Montbello High School. However, I love my school. From creating the Student Council my freshmen year, to serving as Freshmen, Sophomore, and Senior Class President, I work to the best of my abilities to better my school.
Seeing homeless people on the side of the streets sad, hungry, desperate for just a bite of a sandwich or even a couple dollars to get them by for the next few days, made me realize how much I want to help people who are in need. This is the reason I am becoming a nurse practitioner and become apart of The National Guard. Desperation strongly shows in oneself, especially those in
Many of the comments made regarding the children and their parents who were fighting to overcome life’s obstacles was disheartening for her to hear. D’Vonya developed a lunch time group for students who had 30 or more absences. In these groups, she provided a safe environment for many of these students who were educationally neglected to