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Obesity and School Lunches
Transcript of Obesity and School Lunches
A recent study found that children who regularly ate school lunches were 29 percent more likely to be obese than their peers who brought lunch from home.
Lisa M. Holmes state in their 2006 book, Lunch Lessons, “French fries account for 46 percent of vegetable servings eaten by children ages 2 to 19” across the nation.
In the study, 61 percent of obese boys and 63 percent of obese girls reported watching television for two or more hours a day.
Milk consumption seemed to protect girls from obesity, but made no difference for boys. A possible explanation would be a reduction in sugary drinks, which girls replaced with milk.
Those states showed lower rates of obesity among low-income children who relied on the school lunch programs.
The study also found that kids who ate the reduced calorie lunches did not compensate by purchasing unhealthy foods outside the lunchroom.
Opponents also pointed to the estimated $3.2 billion cost of implementing the new regulation.
Students are still in their growth period and are not knowledgeable on whether their eating habits can damage their bodies so school lunches should be modified for health in order to lead students on the right path.
Due to the various flavors, chemicals and appeals to common lunch room food, children can become lost in the ways of healthy eating. It is up to adults to teach children what foods they can or cannot enjoy.
Although students are still learning, they should have their own decisions and be responsible on what they intake so school cafeteria should offer a variety of choices so students have the freedom to choose what they ingest.
School cafeterias need not change what they serve because students have the ability to bring their own food from home if they disagree with the choices offered at school.
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Obesity and School Lunches
"Cardiovascular disease doesn't just start in adulthood, and there may be factors that could help us identify during youth or adolescence who might be at increased risk for developing health problems later on," Jackson says.
Other studies have linked eating school lunch with obesity, but a major issue with such studies, Jackson says, is the influence of socioeconomic status. Poor children eligible for free or reduced school lunch may already be overweight, considering the link between obesity and lower socioeconomic status.
A study of more than 1,000 sixth graders in several schools in southeastern Michigan found that those who regularly had the school lunch were 29 percent more likely to be obese than those who brought lunch from home.
Spending two or more hours a day watching television or playing video games also increased the risk of obesity, but by only 19 percent.
Children are a reflection of the future of American society. One way to ensure the health of this nation is to provide children with an appropriate lunch that can nourish them and help them build their knowledge into something that is beneficial to America as a whole.