Strengths Of Childhood Obesity Rates To Improving The Lunch System

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Overweight and obesity rates are still concerning us after improving the lunch system. According to the staff and faculty of the school, the kids are having adequate physical activity but have they witnessed that their diets are still poor. Some of them are bringing their own lunches and snacks from home, which usually are not the healthy options containing high amounts of sugar and fat. If they bring those choices from home, it is very probable that their diets at home are poor. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that childhood obesity prevalence has stayed the same high rates in the last decade after tripling in the last few decades. In the year 2011-2012, 17% of children in US were obese. 32% were either overweight …show more content…
Also for those families who are not financially wealthy they can rest assured that their child is still getting adequate nutrition even though they can’t afford it. Another strength with the NSLP is the many channels it has including the Farm to School Program that teaches children about different fruits and vegetables and encourages them to try foods they haven’t tried before (Farm to Preschool, 2015). However, with strengths also comes weaknesses and there are definitely some gaps in this program. One of the main gaps in the National School Lunch Program is the same issue described in the case study, being that the schools can’t control what is being brought in the kid’s lunch boxes from home. Therefore even though the school is doing its part in making sure the healthy choices are readily available to students, they cannot prevent the consumption of high fat and sugary snacks the kids may bring from home. The limitation of this program is they can provide healthy vegetable and fruits, but they cannot mandate that the child has to eat …show more content…
By having the parents track the children’s food intake, we can comprehend the type of food they are eating and whether it is helping the child’s health or not. This will also help us to realize what measures we need to take at school to help compensate for bad eating habits at home. It will also help us to notify the parent and work with them to create a better dietary plan for the child. Having the children do activities about nutrition, will help the children to further distinguish between which foods are good for them and which ones are not. This will cause the children to start making good dietary choices by themselves. By assessing the children on these activities, we can figure out if our efforts are

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