School Lunches And Childhood Obesity Essay

1451 Words Feb 18th, 2015 6 Pages
School Lunches and Childhood Obesity In 2012, “approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years had obesity” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Childhood Obesity Facts”). Each year we are seeing kids get more and more obese, this is due to the fact that the USDA puts unhealthy food onto students’ plates and allows this unhealthy food to be in schools. As a student of Collinsville High School that eats lunch every day, the food has gotten healthier; however, there are still many areas that need improvement. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and certain types of cancer. It has been proven by studies that school lunches have a greater negative effect on those students who buy them in contrast to those who bring their lunches from home every day, due to the unhealthy foods offered in cafeterias across the nation and the lacking nutrition regulations set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Even though there has been a push to get rid of sugary beverages and sodas in schools, there are still many schools that offer these unhealthy beverages. A fact list on about sugary beverages states that, “There is overwhelming evidence of the link between obesity and the consumption of sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks” (“Fast Facts”). If these drinks are offered every single day, this increases one’s chances of becoming obese. It…

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