School Lunches: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
The World Health Organization presented key facts and figures on childhood obesity to include a few of the following:
• “The number of overweight or obese infants and young children (aged 0 to 5 years) increased …show more content…
Children spend the majority of their waking hours outside of their home primarily at school, daycare facilities or after school programs where meals are provided, therefore the most logical place to begin making changes are in those facilities kitchens or cafeterias. Diane Schanzenbach (2009) said it best when she wrote an article in the Journal of human Resource titled “Do School Lunches Contribute to Childhood Obesity?” she stated “if school lunches play a contributing role in the child obesity epidemic, making them healthier has the potential to impact a large number of children across socioeconomic status, race, and geographic boundaries” (p.685). Adjusting the meals provided at school and afterschool facilities helps to ensure children have an opportunity to make healthier choices when it comes to the food that is provided to them.
Along with school lunches that lack nutritional value and parents who rely on the school system to provide meals to their school aged children