Sure many people such as Michelle Obama have tried to reform the school lunch menu, but the schools don’t seem to follow the regulations posted. The quality and nutrition of lunch at Lawton Community Schools, and many other schools, needs to be improved. With recent changes been made to the nutritional standards in school lunches, it seems that schools are increasing nutrition, but decreasing quality. “A recent USA Today investigation found that the nation’s largest fast-food chains have higher quality and safety standards for the meat … than what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has for the meat used for the National School Lunch Program...” (Buffenbarger). The food we serve our kids across the country has regulations, but all in the wrong places.
They want students to eat healthy but at the same time eat what they like. when students go off campus researchers say they gain more weight then when they eat the food they like at school, healthy or not. If it’s not the healthiest food in the world then the lunches service can put less on the kids plate. Kids will eat more at school if the school sells what the kids like. FInally the school noticed it and finally started selly stir-fry stations.
Letting them sit down all day and watching t.v is not very good either. The parents have to take responsibility and show their children how to eat healthy and get the right amount of exercise. In the article, Weintraub shows data that says 26 percent of schoolchildren are obese. Boys more obese than girls. Not that it is really relevant, minorities more than whites.The Center for Public Health Advocacy blamed the problem on the large portions sizes in restaurants, allowing junk food on school’s campus, and the lack of physical education in schools.
In a Kmov news channel this article stated that their are about 900 students that get lunch there and thirty to fifty percent of them got their hands on the spoiled milk. Thirty to fifty percent is a really high number in general compared to the quantity of items and students that actually get them. Lunch is a very important meal for students to have because it replenishes students energy so they can go through the rest of their day being wide awake and ready to learn. Changing school lunch can be for the better for school kids and students that are trying to have an education. There are plenty of bad side effects that can happen when eating “bad” school foods.
As you know, numerous schools sell junk food at lunch. Students may enjoy a sweet treat during the school day, but others are thinking differently, that the junk food should be kicked out and replaced with healthier foods. Even though a healthier lunch program would be expensive and take some time to get used to, schools should use it. Providing students unhealthy foods can lead to obesity, it can cause early unhealthy habits; and students should have enough time to eat these healthy foods at lunch. The surplus of junk food available to students in public schools has the potential to lead to a high rate of obesity in youth which can have very many negative effects on students physical health.
A third of the child population below the age of 20 are considered obese. The way Americans eat today and the lack of physical activity is leading to serious health risk that will continue to get worse as children age. Parents need help from the government to help make changes in the environment that children grow up in. such as, limiting the unhealthy advertisements targeted at children, creating safe places for children to place and exercise, and encouraging parents to prepare nutritious meals for their children as opposed to fast food (Childhood Obesity). Interagency Working Group has started making a difference by setting recommendations for foods advertised to children.
This solution is the responsibility of parents and partly the school. School lunches should be nutritional and the meals at home should also be nutritional and balanced. I would say the FDA is trying to create some balance with the snacks. They are making sure that the foods we eat are actually what is promoted. This problem is affecting everyone not just children.
There’s a reason the cafeteria doesn’t provide soda because it is not healthy for you. Therefore, many schools try and serve nutritious and healthy foods. Also in the vending machines, they might sell junk food, but they don 't sell sodas because I figure that the teachers told them not to. But if they store them with healthy food, then students won’t buy as much. Most teachers want students to start a healthy life and be obesity free and I think all students care about their weight.
The last reason, is that it is not good to make school lunches healthier because the government is ignoring parents and saying that parent can’t make the healthy choice for their children. One of the reasons that people agreed is some parents are paying unhealthy school lunches that their kids are eating. In the article it stated “Less Fat, More Veggies”, it said, “It recommends meals containing fewer calories, less fat and salt, and more fruit, vegetables
A behavior that I struggle with and would like to change most is my unhealthy diet. When I looked back at my family medical history I learned that my grandfather died from a heart attack, and I don't want that to happen to me. I think it would help me lose weight and prevent me from getting heart disease if I stopped eating so much junk food. It is a challenge to eat healthy because usually the unhealthy food is cheaper and tastes better. I've tried to diet before and I end up craving sugary or salty foods because they taste better than fresh foods.