Negative Effects On School Lunches

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Forty percent of children attending United States public schools are overweight, with more than twenty percent classified as obese. Improving the school food environment will only be improved by strengthening school policies and acts which have been the major concern and priorities both locally and nationally (DeJong, Cozier, Greece, Kratze, Quatromoni). School lunch was not a nationwide event, but rather something that took place in individual states and cities over an extended period of time. The purpose of this paper is to show how, overtime school lunches have changed and negatively impacted students. The author will give some background information on the history of school lunches and illustrate how the student body was effected through …show more content…
These factors provoke students to causing students to drink carbonated or sweetened beverages (Hannan, Kubik, Lytle, Story). A student that loses valuable key nutrients from a meal consistently will suffer internal repercussions and it can potentially harm brain growth and function. The brain needs amino acids and choline from dietary intake to maintain necessary amount of neurons (Rausch 1). When the brain is able to obtain a sufficient amount of amino acids and choline the human body will release chemicals known as serotonin, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine. Without these chemicals specifically serotonin the body will not be able to function properly (Rausch 1). The serotonin controls almost all of the aspects of the human body which is closely related to essential nutrients. Poor dietary habits can cause people to lose essential nutrients that influence and affect memory capacities, fine motor skills, social skills and languages skills into early adulthood and beyond (Schuna). Apart from mental factors another aspect that correlates with the student body concerning unhealthy lunch is academic …show more content…
Since children eat one to two meals per day in school, the school cafeteria can provide a friendly environment where children are exposed to and learn about healthy eating patterns (Story 48). School districts across the United Stated of America need to make an effort alongside statewide policies to eliminate the sale of unhealthy competitive foods and beverages (Long 59). Schools should also sell more fruits and vegetables to increase proper nutrition which will prevent health issues of any sort. In this process schools nationwide need to offer healthier foods to students while on campus preventing competition with a la carte foods (Krukowski 278). Schools usually have access to outdoor playing fields, and physical education programs. These are things schools need to take advantage of to impact students outlook on exercising and foods that they consume during breakfast or lunch. The right amount of exercise can help students stay in shape or even lose any weight gained from eating fatty foods consumed from lunch (Long 59). Physical educational programs can be another key place for students to seek knowledge on healthy foods (Hannan, Kubik, Lytle, Story). More schools need to take action and find different ways to govern what students eat on campus. Once adjustments are made schools nationwide

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