In the newspaper article, “No Lunch Left Behind,” by Alice Waters and Katrina Heron, the authors inform the audience, “But food distributed by the National School Lunch Program contains some of the same ingredients found in fast food and the resulting meals routinely fail to meet basic nutritional standards. Yet this is how the government continues to ‘help’ feed millions of American schoolchildren, a great many of them from low-income households”(4). Waters and Heron argue school programs provide unhealthy food on a daily basis, which accustom the students to not having a choice, yet to eat it and not starve. Students may not realize that the food being served is technically as bad as going to a junk food restaurant. The fast food industry is constantly improving everything to get people to come back and order the “new,” that will benefit them in many ways.
According to ‘Food Allergies: Are Schools Doing Enough?” by Lisa Kadane, children can die within 2-3 minutes when they are exposed to food they’re allergic to. This makes it very unsafe for them in the cafeteria because many lunches have hidden ingredients, and because of cross contact between foods (Kadane). Schools should take action by removing common allergens from lunch, stating the ingredients in the lunches they serve, and by practicing good cleaning procedures. Many schools are failing to keep our children safe because they do not have epi pens for allergic reactions. We must change this, schools don’t have lunches for kids with allergies or medication to give to them during reactions to help save their lives.
With old school lunches many meals did not provide students with the proper amounts of protein, fruits, and vegetables since they mainly consisted of foods such as pizza, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese. All of these popular foods were filled with unnecessary fats, oils, and carbs that students did not need in their daily diets. New school lunches will help provide all students with necessary vitamins and minerals into their diet such as Vitamin D and K through popular vegetables and fruits. Along with the general population of students, a new healthier lunch will majorly benefit the low-income students, as most school systems give these students a free or price-reduced lunch. Since for some of these students, it is their only whole meal of the day it is important for them to have a proper meal.
Every school meal is required to meet the dietary guidelines. Schools have done a lot of things to make sure their lunches are healthy. The Heritage Foundation, an independent, non-profitable institution, said that there are severe restrictions on calories, nutritional content, and portion sizes (Bakst). They also say that the reason that the government controls school lunches is because parents can’t be trusted to teach their children how to make dietary choices
Should the government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias? I believe that the government should put restrictions on what types of food can be severed during lunches. During school, all of our lunches tastes horrible because it just processes food. America has a huge obesity problem and people eating habits start when they are young so if there eating unhealthy food during school there going to have that problem for the rest of their lives. If we had fresh healthy food you would see a significant difference in American obesity problem which is one thing that we need to fix a lot right now.
In the year 2010, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama created the “Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010, which has created problems among students. In the year 2012, Michelle Obama also created the “Let’s Move Campaign” in order to reduce childhood obesity, and to give students access to healthy food in their school lunches. The “Hunger-Free Kids Act” means that no student should go hungry, and the “Let’s Move Campaign” makes the lunches healthier. Unfortunately, due to the quality and quantity of the meals that the students now receive, more kids are refusing to eat school lunches, and remain hungry during school hours. Not only does this outrage students, it also infuriates parents, teachers and staff as well.
Some examples would be Obesity, the lack of nutrients a child needs, and the influx of chemicals that come with the eating of fast food (Lombardo, ?8 Monumental Pros??). These are problems because America has been fighting against child obesity for years and having open campus lunches near all of these fast food chains and unhealthy food choices would combat the work of the movements against obesity. This is very important because the health of a child affects how the child behaves, learns, and communicates (Lombardo, ?Top 7 Pros and Cons?.?). Studies show that overweight students tend to have more problems with learning and paying attention (Miura). Many parents also fear that children would have the chance to skip school of get into drugs and alcohol while they are loose for their lunch break.
However, this is inaccurate because soft drinks and junk food also prevent focus and success in school. Students at NHS are often distracted the period after they have their lunch. The leading reason for this is that their brains and their bodies cannot refocus after taking in so much sugar. The sugar brings you up to a “sugar high” and gives you a surge of energy. However, once that high of energy is over, one then experiences a crash.
In the 19th century, schools started to see that not many students was provided lunch to bring at school because of the time and money. They wanted to fixed this so they starting to make lunch be provided at schools. They fixed all of that but forgot about the quality of the food. Most students dislike school lunch and this gained a bad reputation from the start. Soon, everyone knows about it reputation so it got referenced in many films, and most of the time it makes school lunch looks awful.
For example, McDonalds have changed their happy meals towards kids by giving parents and children more options to choose from. Instead of French fries, kids can choose to have apple slices or yogurt. Per Krisberg, “While most restaurants offered healthy side and beverage options only 33 out of more than 5,400 kids meal combinations met recommended nutrition standards”. There have been numerous attempts that restaurants vow to improved their menu targeted towards kids. Many restaurants have eliminated the kid’s options which were praised because it was better than marketing a meal that is not actually healthy for