Should strict foods and nutrition guidelines be enforced in all public schools?

  • Habits start now

    A healthy mind is a healthy body. Being a high school student I know what a typical lunch might look like. A hamburger on white bread, with apple juice from concentrate, some chocolate milk, and a bag of potato chips. This is a meal a student might get every school day, it's habitual. The school system setting us students up for a life of poor diet and nutrition, and we still wonder why the USA has an obesity crisis among the youth. The school system needs to put nutritious options at lunch everyday so the obesity crisis can slowly, but surely, be fixed.

  • Soda and fast food companies are the enemy

    People wonder: "Why are so many Americans so fat?" Two words: Junk food.

    It's the 2 liter Coca Cola's and the Family sized Doritos and the McDonald's "restaurants" on every corner that are directly causing obesity.

    At the moment, the school lunches are awful. Not only are they not nutritious, they are junk food. Burgers and fries are a common lunch. Schools need food that isn't pre-frozen and pre-packaged like they currently are. What ever happened to the lunch ladies that actually cooked food?

    Other countries have mostly vegetables (NOT FROZEN OR CANNED) and fresh fish and meats. We need this in the U.S.

    We need to fund less on sports and athletics (Which don't matter anyways) and fund more on healthy foods on top of education.

  • I can't think of much that is more important than our children's health.

    Every meal matters. There is many scienfic peer reviewed articles on the link between diet and health. There is also a link between obesity and cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Do you really want our nation's children to be suffering from those aliments?

    If children learn what a healthy diet is in school. They have a better chance of eating healthy later in life.

  • The school food system has been outdated for years and needs to be changed.

    Schools don't even serve what they're telling kids they should eat and even thats out dated. For instance the school say that you should have some carbohydrates in your meals but actually your body burns more fuel on good fats. The sugar and the carbohydrates in one chocolate milk is half of the daily recommend amount and most kids get two every day. Once your body god over its sugar stores the sugar turns into bad fat which causes things like diabetes and heart disease.

  • The fat ass kids today are holding the others back

    Theses fat kids are keeping the fit kids to be able to participate better in p.E and other things like the fat kids getting mad at them and making them feel bad about what they are doing actively in sports. These fat kids also wont be able to work and eventually put our society to a grinding halt

  • Because we have a problem, its called the parents.

    When parents fail to feed their children correctly and they end up fatties, we have to try to teach them how to eat correctly somehow. Teaching them it at school is a good way to start them off. If it rubs off on them, then they can take those better eating habits home with them.

  • It's a major player in national health.

    Assuming this question gives reference to the public schools of America, then yes, the only logical thing schools may do is strictly enforce a healthier dietary menu of different meals from different cultures. I can speak out on this issue as someone who has struggled with weight their whole life, and still continues to. The goal of the government should be to protect its people and serve them as well, and if the statistic shows that the rate of childhood and adulthood obesity is substantially higher now than thirty years ago, then the government should be doing its best to stagnate that growth in obesity per capita. That is not a difficult obstacle to deal with; my mother taught me a very important lesson the other day, and that's that you cannot put an alcoholic in a bar and tell them not to drink - you have to eliminate the addictive substance and restrict it from their grasp to get them to stop. In the same way that you can't tell an obese person not to eat all they can in an 'all you can eat' buffet. It's just not the proper approach.

    Some may say that this system is inefficient, but I can guarantee that in high schools and middle schools, healthier diets have helped decrease the rate of obesity among students thanks to Michelle Obama's food bans and restrictions and her brilliant means of nutrition in an attempt to fight the apparent "epidemic" of childhood obesity. Instead of ignoring it and saying "they'll take care of it on their own", let's instead build a community and help them accomplish a healthier life style. And maybe, just maybe, the government will seem more protective to its people than it will tyrannical.

  • There should be strict guidelines on food and nutrition in public schools.

    There should be strict guidelines on food and nutrition in public schools. Everyone has heard the term “you are what you eat” and in schools it could not be more true. If students consume a pop tart in the morning, some chicken nuggets at lunch, and less nutritional food for dinner the students will have barely any energy to get themselves through the day and their focus will not be on the lesson being taught. Students need to consume the proper nutrients that will give them enough energy to sustain the day. According to the website Globalpost, Everyday Life by Melody Causewell who has a degree in psychology, and a masters in social work, “5,200 fifth grade students, the worse the dietary quality- such as high levels of sugary foods- the worse children did on academic measurements even after controlling for socioeconomic factors and gender” (Causewell). While some may say that students can simply bring lunches if they do not agree with the choices, but a parent should not have to prepare a lunch for their child because they do not agree with what is being served.
    Nutrition is an important factor in a child's’ life that is growing exponentially everyday. If they are lacking the proper nutrition it can stunt growth, cause obesity, and lack of energy throughout the day. Instead of handing the child a fruit roll up, hand them actual fruit. Schools should be giving kids 4-8 years old at least 1-1 1/2 cups of fruit daily according to ChooseMyPlate.Org by the United States Department of Agriculture (“All About the Food Group”). It is important to show the child that fruit is good for them, and can be a great substitute for a fruit snack in the afternoon. Kids crave sugar, and it is important to give them a healthier option. Schools should be giving healthier options for lunches, and if there are no guidelines schools will go the cheaper option which is often the least healthy option. Some people may argue that the cost of school lunches will go up by buying higher quality foods, but many schools help pay for kids who cannot pay for their own lunches. Therefore schools should have regulations on what food they can serve because it affects the students and their academic performances along with making the right choices later in life.

  • Yes, please keep children healthy

    Growing up I had all sorts of foods at lunch that were terrible for me and i know it didn't help my eating habits at all to be given one choice of food at school. Fruits, veggies, salads and other nutritional foods need to be offered to kids to help them be healthy so they can focus more in school

  • It is nessasary.

    Kids will be fat and have diabeties if it is not taken care of. Schools need to fix that. I'm thinking apples, celery, broccoli, brussel sprouts, sninach, cabbage, and all that healthy stuff. I know kids probay won't like it, but they really need to start thinking about their future.

  • Freedom of Choice

    This is America and as kids we should be given the rights to decide what we want to do to ourselves. If we want to pig out and eat unhealty that is our choice. What we east should be controlled by us and parents not our school. I understand that they care about us, but we need to make decision for ourself.

  • Eating one meal from school does not matter

    There should not be strict guidelines enforced in all public schools. This is unfair to those who are actually in shape and just a way to 'try' to get rid of a problem the wrong way. One meal from school isn't the reason kids are getting obese. It's from no fitness at all and poor diet habits at home. This is a classic attack on the face of the problem instead of getting to the root of the problem.

    My final thought is this. Obesity has grown while healthier foods introduced has grown. I understand correlation and causation arguments but this problem is beyond making more rules.

  • Kids should not be forced to eat one way or another

    First off, making a kid take a banana is not going to make him eat the banana. However, if you want to go the step further and force this kid to eat a banana, you are majorly infringing upon his rights to eat as he pleases. And just practically speaking, what are you going to do if he doesn't eat? Force-feed him? Put him in detention? What if he's sick and the banana makes him vomit? All in All, this is a very impractical solution to whatever the problem is.

  • You can put it on the plate, but they don't have to eat it...

    At the school district in which I teach, students are required to take one item from the fruit cart and one item from the salad bar. If they say they don't want anything, the servers get to choose for them, and usually just throw an apple or an orange on their tray. This usually winds up in a trash can full of apples and oranges. This is just another example of how the schools are being forced by government entities to continuously take on duties that clearly belong to parents.

  • Eating should be voluntary

    What you eat and how you eat it should be up to the child in school. These nutritional meals should be crafted/enforced at home. I don't think teachers would do so well enforcing this. There is nothing more disturbing that being a 9 year old and having a teacher holding you back and saying "you cannot go play until you eat this". I feel this would be a safety issue because students might be forced to eat to much or something they are allergic to just to avoid being punished. (held in during recess lol)

    With that being said, I still think all food groups should be represented in public school cafeterias and be safe. But ultimately is should be up to the student/parent on what/how much they eat.

  • Their parents will make you eat good food at home anyways :|

    You eat food from at in summer, on weekends, and at home you eat breakfast, and dinner. And, your parents will make you buy healthy foods. They are paying for your lunch so they should control what you eat. At most schools, you can choose between chocolate or white milk. I usually get white milk

  • It should not be strict.

    Health is a very important subject. But I think that there should be healthy foods as well as ~less~ healthy foods. If the parents want their kids to eat very healthy, they should bring a packed lunch. It should be up to the kids to chose, not the government. The food should be edible! Nobody wants the 'cardboard pizza' or the rotten apples. The food should maybe be inspired on European lunches. They don't necessarily cost more to make.

  • Won't affect what kids eat

    Schools implementing this in theory will make kids eat less at schools and more at home. They can be eating worse at home then what their schools allow right now. Students will then start bring home lunch with whatever they want and so they would start eating worse and worse.

  • Most schools have these guidelines

    Kids will never follow these guidelines. Most schools put in take one fruit or vegetable but kids take it but never eat it. It wont affect what they eat at home and might make them eat more junk food at home.On top of that the students need a say on this.

  • Why being strict

    People should always practice democracy and not have a tendency of forcing people to do what they do not want without even asking them their opinion or their own point of view . Also these guidelines must be enforce that home and not at school because there are different people with different backgrounds

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