How healthy/unhealthy are School lunches? The first article is about school lunches, specifically about their negative effects it has on students. The article states that school lunches are about a 3rd of students daily calorie intake. School lunches focus more on the cheap alternatives than the actual healthy lunches that students should be getting.
One reason why schools should cut down on junk food and add healthier alternatives is because healthy foods are more nutritious and are filled with energy to keep kids focused in class. “To establish a link between diet and academic performance, University of Alberta (Canada) researchers evaluated the lifestyle and performance of some 5,000 children. Students who ate an adequate amount of fruit, vegetables, protein and fiber, with less calorie intake from fat, did better on their literacy tests than those eating foods high in salt and saturated fat,” according to The Chicago Tribune. Clearly, this means that adding healthier choices to food being served at school can help improve the academic performance of students by providing them with more energy to stay focused in class.
Often times, schools offer foods that are high in sugar, fats and calories, because they are higher in demand and would satisfy the public youth. In addition to that, these junk foods are much more accessible and cheaper than healthier foods. These foods that are high in sugar and fats don’t provide students with the proper nutrients needed for proper brain development and encourages students to eat unhealthy foods, making school a breeding ground for obesity. Children that spend almost half or more of their day at school need to be provided with a healthier lunch that meets their basic dietary needs. Obesity is a problem that stems even from school itself, a place where students are supposed to feel encouraged to learn, make positive life decisions and staying active.
Students lunches are being downgraded every year. The United States has one of the cheapest school lunch programs around the world. An Article called The Real Problem with School Lunches talks about how “we criticize schools ' reliance on highly processed, heat- 'n '-eat food, but cooking from scratch requires adequate cold storage and food preparation facilities, as well as trained workers” (Siegel). This shows that we complain so much on how the food is prepared but the government as well as every individual does not want to pay the price. Also “school meals in other countries fascinate us because they reflect a society 's true food culture, as well as its regard for its children” (Siegel).
Is making school lunches healthier really worth it? Is the money and kids going to be a problem? In twenty-ten an act was passed to help children eat healthier in school lunches. Schools are taking out foods that do not meet the calorie standard (two-hundred calories) because the obesity rate has skyrocketed since the eighties. But this act is actually causing more problems than everyone thought.
If you don 't find balance between being happy, healthy, and productive in life it will be hard for you to be successful in life. Examples of you make poor eating choices, these could result in low energy levels, poor attitude and your appreance could be affected by all poor choices. Managing stress is another thing that could be hard to find balance between different things. Poor posture could result in health problems later in life.
Often,girls who feel more self-conscious and mature early,are at risk for eating more and having a eating disorder. If you are lonely and get made fun of,you just want to eat all the time. If you believe you you have a eating disorder what will help is if you to start working out three times a week for a hour-half so it adequate the maintain of your health. If you work out and eat healthy it is unlikely you will have an eating problem. If you don 't eat healthy and don 't workout.
Some college students will eat alone 1,000 calories for breakfast. So colleges should have more healthier food plans and healthier food choices. A lot of freshman kids tend to go crazy when they get to college. The reason why I address that is because when your parents don’t let you party at home, you just wanna party the whole time you’re at college. It’s not all the parents fault, it’s some of the college’s fault.
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.
However in order to reduce obesity problems we need to konw the causes of obesity first. One of the major factors of obesity is our lifestyle, british people spend more than 110£ on fast food that equals 12 meal in month. However people need to eat more healthier food such as vegetables, fruit and fish… and avoid eating fast food, Also we need to teach our children how to prepare healthy meals and how benefits they are for health. The second factore of obesity is lack of physical activity Because of the development in technology and comunication area people become inactive and we all know that sport is the spirit of the body, so the more exercices you do the healthier you are.
If we improve our school lunches it will benefit students, yes it will be more expensive but it is beneficial in the long run. If this is going to be done “it could be done for about $5 per child” according to “No lunch left behind” by Alice Walters and Katrina Heron. Which isn’t that much considering lunch and breakfast is $3 if you don’t have reduced or free lunch. We could even have parents donate planting seeds for fruits and vegetables for student lunches and breakfast.
The data showed that 1 in 3 people would like to add more salads to their daily eating habits. Salads have many nutrient value including Proteins , potassium, and carbohydrates. If you were to want a salad at Moreno Valley High School there is expired lettuce that looks more yellow than green and with cheese that is not fresh. Even if a kid was well educated in nutrition they do not have the necessary materials to eat properly. We are failing to help the future kids of America be strong both mentally and physically.
This quote shows that the reason we switched to Aramark is because we were looking to save money with Aramark instead of losing money with our own food services. They also want to keep giving the students quality food and service, but has the food really been up to the students standards? Mason Canfield, a 7th grader at East Hills Middle School states, "It costs $4 - $5 to buy lunch in EHMS, and I think it is not worth the price because it 's a small portion and the food is dry such as the
Schools continue to eliminate time for recess and replace gym class with other academic classes such as driver’s education or health class. These other classes are important and necessary, but could utilize a student’s study hall time, instead of taking the place of the only calorie burning class students have throughout their day. Fighting obesity through changes in the school lunch program has not been very successful because more and more students are bringing their lunches from home. These lunches from home includes foods that children shouldn’t have as a regular meal, such as chips and Little Debbie snacks. Additionally, we are in school for an education, which would make one think that healthier eating habits begin with
A change in school lunch would be good. A great number of students complain about school lunch all the time. Their grades are also effected because of lunches. It would be a good change because the food truely is unhealthy, it does not taste very good to begin with, and if it were a better quality it may help the students.