Should School Lunches Have Changed And Negatively Impacted Students?

1548 Words Feb 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Forty percent of children attending United States public schools are overweight, with more than twenty percent classified as obese. Improving the school food environment will only be improved by strengthening school policies and acts which have been the major concern and priorities both locally and nationally (DeJong, Cozier, Greece, Kratze, Quatromoni). School lunch was not a nationwide event, but rather something that took place in individual states and cities over an extended period of time. The purpose of this paper is to show how, overtime school lunches have changed and negatively impacted students. The author will give some background information on the history of school lunches and illustrate how the student body was effected through physical health, mental health, and academic performance.

Standard school lunches started being first served to students in both Europe and the United States of America (Carufel). In the second half of the 19th century people began working farther from home due to the growth of cities and factories. This caused factories to initiate lunch periods when some workers did not have enough time for both travel and meal (Olver). Not only did this ensure that workers returned to work on time but also reduced the amount of absences. Modern public schools, shortly modeled after the factories, and began exploring similar feeding programs (Olver). The school lunch program was not very successful within regards to spreading across the country. In…

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