School Nutrition Essay

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In choosing these two articles I wanted to see how and what impact does school nutrition have on students. School are serving a snack and two (Breakfast and Lunch) out of the major 3 meals that a child is suppose to consume day. I believe that there are several contributors to obesity, especially in children. Schools, media, parents, television and lack of physical activity are some of the environmental factors that impacts childhood obesity. This synthesis will briefly look at what are some of the causes in childhood obesity. The definition of “over-weight” is defined a, having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Many …show more content…
The article studied how parental control, school nutrition and physical activity habits effect a child. “Children consume up to 50% of their total daily caloric intake while they are at school. Thus, school nutrition policy may make an instrumental impact on childhood obesity as demonstrated by several studies (Seo,2012)”. Schools are a good location to promote soda, chips and other junk food. Students are also able to purchase the food because there isn’t anyone monitoring their food and calorie intake. A child’s lifestyle or way of life plays a huge role in childhood obesity. As mentioned, obesity is influenced by many external factors. Parents and schools should promote healthier meals and more …show more content…
The School Health Association wanted to research further into “effective strategies for promoting more robust health standards geared toward mitigating current trends in adolescent obesity (Utter, 2014)”. School(s) have been an impact for implementing nutritional and physical changes. “95% of American youth aged 5 to 17 are currently enrolled in school(Utter,2014). Students spend most on their time at school. Its where they consume most of their daily caloric intake. Schools have the opportunity to provide many opportunities for healthier eating and more exercise. “Therefore, school policies and practices targeting nutrition and physical activity, 2 of the major mitigating factors of obesity are capable of meaningfully impacting students’ healthy (Utter,2014)”. Community involvement in schools are a big influence on nutrition and physical activity standards. Family and community involvement can affect student behavior, academic achievement and it can possible improve the quality of the

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