In elementary school, we've all come home with pamphlets about eating healthier and bringing in healthy snacks. We're all encouraged to get exercise, eat right, and make sure we're ready for learning (since obviously nutrition helps our mental and physical growth). However, when we go to school, we're faced with options of greasy pizza and cheap "chicken" nuggets. It's disgusting and has no value whatsoever. No one likes the food, they just eat it because they're hungry and that's all they get. So many kids have only two little cookies for lunch because the other stuff is just... Gross. If kids don't want to eat that food, all they have to do is pack their own lunch. But for those kids who can't pack something good (to them) to eat, why force them to eat junk that does nothing for them? It's honestly just cruel. This isn't something about "freedom", this is something about giving kids what more often than not is their only meal of the day due to financial issues, and making it count.
Obesity is a huge problem in America. So why can't schools put a bit more effort into making children healthier? The first lady and many people have been trying to solve this problem. Healthier food means a smarter school. America is not the top in education anymore according to recent surveys. I am a kid and it doesn't matter if the children don't like it. You live a longer and healthier life. Our country needs to act and many children buy lunch, so why take the time to lose weight unnaturally when you can eat good natural healthy food? I am a vegetarian from birth and I usually eat healthy. Once in a while junk food is fine but for everyday lunch, no way! So I hope people actually consider this important question wisely.
All elementary schools, and secondary schools as well, should be serving nutritious meals as an education on how to live a healthier lifestyle and to assist in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and other childhood obesity related issues. The elementary years are when the body does most of its growing and when children form the basis of their life-long eating habits.
Children need nutritious healthy food to curb behavioral problems and to learn with the best of their ability. Schools have the responsibility to serve nutritious food in order to keep the children healthy and alleviate problems at school. It also builds healthier adults and helps society avoid economic problems from sickly children and adults. It is not good to let big corporations decide what children should eat.
Yes, elementary schools should to be required to serve nutritious food to children to prevent type 2 diabetes, because it influences a healthier lifestyle. If we give children nutritious food while they are young, their bodies will get used to it and react negatively towards "junk" food. Plus, children see their schools as a responsible place, so by setting this example of healthy eating, it will help them in the future.
The government should support healthy eating habits by requiring that schools serve nutritious food to children. With the amount of video games, television shows and unhealthy food being forced upon today's youth, it is no surprise that this generation has one of the highest percentages of obese and overweight children that the world has ever seen. Obesity and its associated diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, can lead to a less productive workforce and a population with many more medical needs. This can harm our economy, and is also worse for the people who have been fed unhealthy food.
I think all schools, not just elementary schools, should serve healthier food to kids to prevent a variety of health problems that are not limited to Type 2 Diabetes. I find it atrocious the types of unhealthy food that is served in our schools. Some children I have babysat for will barley eat a fruit or vegetable, and seem to exist on only chicken nuggets and McDonald's. This is not a good sign for the future health of our country.
Levels of childhood obesity in America today are much too high. As children are getting one, maybe two, meals from their schools, we need to be ensured that these meals are healthy and nutritious to prevent childhood obesity, and ensure the wellness of elementary children and their health.
When a child enters elementary schools, they are old enough to start learning the importance of good eating habits. Kids are most impressionable between the ages of 5-10, and being taught to make the right food choices is something they will carry with them their entire lives. Not only will it help prevent childhood diseases, it can potentially prevent health complications as an adult too.
It only makes sense that an institution charged with educating societies future should implement what it teaches. I remember my health classes and gym classes. They taught us to eat well and get plenty of exercise. Then we went to lunch and ate Grade D food. That's a major contradiction and conflict of interests when an institution can't "practice what it preaches". You don't even have to include the high incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in teens to argue this. It's just sound thinking and solid logic to expect a school to serve healthy food.
I'm not even sure what the burgers are made out of, the pizza tastes like cheese on cardboard, and the tater tots are probably the cheapest things you can get at the super market. So I think this proves schools should not serve school lunches in the cafeterias. No school lunches!
Elementary schools should not be required to server nutritious food to kids to prevent later incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. It should not be up to the schools to ensure that kids get the proper nutrition, it needs be left up to the parent. Parents can send their kids to school with a packed lunch that is healthy.
If you try to serve healthy food, they'll bring lunch with junk food in it. It's their choice what to eat, so even if you serve better foods they won't buy it unless they want to. It's good intentions, but won't work. At the end of the day, if someone doesn't want to do something, they won't; like eating foods.
In the constitution it states that the government should not be allowed to intrude on peoples personal life. It may cause diabetes but a healthy lifestyle should be encouraged rather than forced upon people. Also not all people require the same nutrition. There is a maximum amount of calories per meal but the amount of calories required for each person differs.
If I want my children to be healthy, then I have to take responsibility for that effort myself. I can ask my children's school to help me with that if I want, but I see no reason to force them to serve a certain type of food for my purposes. The best way to teach and raise children properly in all aspects of life is by doing it yourself, not by allowing schools and society to do it for you by force.
Schools should not be required to serve healthy food. This is not fair to children who do not buy lunch regularly and want to eat some junk food once in awhile. It is the parents' responsibility to make sure their child is not always buying lunch. The parents should know to make their child take lunch more often than buying it. This would help prevent diabetes while keeping the kids happy.