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. Some schools offer greasy pizza, unhealthy burgers, and in some cases, ice cream and cake.
Have you ever wondered if you could ever change the school lunches in the Public schools? Well you’re not the only one, many other people thought about changing the way you eat at lunch and started to change it. Some trials have failed but some have succeeded at the trail for their public school. But some administrators what it to come to all schools, for the fact that they are losing money because kids stopped eating lunches at school. The school lunches impacting more than just the schools money, it’s impacting the students education and after school activities just like sports teams.
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.
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
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.
One female student states that the changes the National School Program have made school lunches are beneficial. She states the program teaches healthy eating habits, and took some getting used to. A male student states that school do not make the healthy foods appetizing. He also says that until schools make the foods appetizing, foods will be thrown in the trash or students will bring their own lunches. He makes the suggestion of holding schools to flavor standards in addition to the nutritional requirements that are already in
Fast food companies should stop targeting kids for their benefits, as kids health is compromised due to the fast food kids eats. People have to be aware of the effects of fast food and people should stop eating fast food to stop the risk of bad health problems. People should eat homemade food to make sure they are not providing bad food to their bodies. People need to know the difference between good and bad food, and the effects of good and bad food which will help them pick healthy food. Schlosser demonstrates fast food as being the food that has negative impacts on people’s lives, and helps give knowledge to people to understand the health related problems due to fast food to help make healthy decision while pick food to provide healthy
The second idea is to put soda machines and vending machines full of junk food in the school hallways. the last idea is to build a McDonald’s between the middle and high schools, having 10% of proceeds going to both schools. Although these ideas will help “raise” and “save” money, they are terrible. I disagree with the idea of cutting P.E. and Health classes.
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.