Schools Should Provide Nutritious Lunches Essay

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School lunches leave students with limited options, leaving no room for improvement in the fight for childhood obesity that one in three children suffer from. (8) Having the same, repetitive, items that are high in fat, sugar, preservatives, and additives(1) increase chances of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in students to name a few.(2) Even with the additional ameliorates directly from the White House, they only affect federally funded schools, excluding private schools. (4) With these weaknesses in our school lunch system, reform is definitely needed to conquer these common issues. School lunches are notorious for being unhealthy. Perhaps we are now more aware of this due to First Lady, Michelle Obama’s campaign for …show more content…
Since the execution of the recent laws, childhood obesity rates have fallen 17% (6). Arguments against this issue express concern that the government is getting too concerned with school lunches. Beliefs that children should not be told what to eat by school’s officials highly influence their dispute. Continuing with this disputation school districts are complaining that it is to over the top, and would be too costly. (10) Taking in mind the opposition, it has only made the fight stronger. A step in reforming current school laws on nutritious lunches can easily be done by switching out the unhealthy for the healthy. Schools have already limited options in students decision making in the cafeteria. They take on the “One Size Fits All” approach that all students have the same metabolisms, activity level, and body type. Taking the average of students to create lunch options is not enough. Leaving it difficult for kids who eat kosher, vegetarian, vegan, or have food allergies to make choices; while still trying to remain healthy. This results in skipping lunches, or settling on unhealthy alternatives. Packing lunches at home is an option that many students are resorting to. It reduces a students’ likeliness to be overweight by 13.5%. (1) By packing one’s lunch it offers more control, and improves overeating. It provides a better variety, and allows one to eat foods from each food group. This is often encouraged by health teachers,

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