Pros And Cons Of School Lunches

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Schools are reducing fried foods, fat, calories and sugar content; and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches. Although this sounds like a great way to fight childhood obesity it might not give Americans the result that we are all hoping for. School lunches are supposed to be healthy, nutritious, and filling, but they aren’t. Due to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act students aren’t getting enough nutritious food on their trays. Lunches are not filling. Most high school students claim that they are not getting enough food for lunch. A high school student is only allowed to have eight-hundred and fifty calories for lunch, but active teens need about four times the amount of food they are receiving for lunch. Zach Eck a high school student in Kansas said, “This year, we’ll be hungry by two-o’clock. We would eat our pencils at school if they had any nutritional value.” Most students feel the same way, especially student athletes like Mukwango High School Senior, Nick Blohm, who said, “A lot of us are starting to get hungry, even before the practice begins, and our metabolisms …show more content…
Banning junk food won’t end childhood obesity. ”Poor diet and physical inactivity may not be the primary causes of the current obesity epidemic,” said Tom Baranowski. There is more to obesity than food. Ethnicity, genetics, geography, physical inactivity, types of food and the amount of food all play an extremely large role in childhood obesity. “Tackling obesity is more complicated that creating a list of foods that ‘thou shalt not eat’,” says Stephanie Johns. Banning food might cause children to want to eat more of the unhealthy things we tell american children they cannot have. “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. … In fact, the more things are forbidden, the more popular they become,” said Mark

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