Restrictions In Cafeterias

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Would restricting the foods served in cafeterias benefit our students?

“The great majority of US secondary schools sell items a la carte in the cafeteria and through vending machines ....commonly referred to as junk food’’ (Pediatrics). Because of evidence that children and teenagers have become more and more obese over the years and that they are not receiving the proper nutrients, certain countries and/or states (provinces) have considered placing restrictions on the foods served at their schools. The government should impose restrictions on the foods served in school cafeterias because the food currently served does not meet certain nutritional standards, the sugars and unhealthy substances can cause temporary or permanent illnesses, and
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Human bodies require many nutrients and micronutrients in order to prevent disease, however when organisms are malnourished it can cause a series of health deficiencies and symptoms. Over thirty percent of the world 's population suffers from an iron deficiency, which can often lead to anemia. Vitamin A deficiency is a current cause of miscarriages and blindness in children because it affects the eyes and the reproductive system (Healthline). These are some of the more common deficiencies that prove that without certain key elements human bodies cannot function …show more content…
Commencing in 2001, those numbers had begun to decrease, rather than increasing one percent each year they only increased between zero point one to one percent. Compared to the US, the United Kingdom has higher obesity rates. As of June fourteenth the British government has imposed a new set of food and nutrition standards to be mandatorily followed in school cafeterias. “We now have a clear and concise set of food standards which are easier for cooks to follow and less expensive to enforce. Crucially we have achieved this without any compromise on quality or nutrition” (cited in the website of the united kingdom government). They are required to have one or more servings of vegetables or salad per day, no more than 2 portions of food that has been deep fried, batter coated or breadcrumb coated per week, an emphasis on whole grains rather than carbohydrates, no more than 2 foods that contain pastry each week and finally 3 different fruits and vegetables each per week. “The revised school food standards will allow schools to be more creative in their menus. They are easier for schools to understand and crucially they will continue to restrict unhealthy foods to ensure our children eat well” (cited in the website of the united kingdom

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