Friday, May 11, 2018

School Lunches

article by Noelle DesVergnes
edited by Emma Snyder

School lunches are a big factor in children’s and young adult’s lives. Because of this I believe school lunches need a change in order to keep the obesity rates low and to keep students healthy.

Students get most of their calorie intake at school, since school takes up about three quarters of the year. Since students get most of their calories at school, and from school lunches, the lunches should be as healthy as possible.

Now, I understand the problem of the not having enough money, but this should be our number one priority. Also, students don't have enough time to eat. At Massabesic we have about 20 minutes to eat which is not nearly enough time for kids to fully consume their lunches. With not enough time to eat ALL the foods on their plate, they go for the “good” stuff first. In other words, this means the sweet chocolatey stuff and desserts, they could care less about a plate full of greens compared to a plate full of sweets when they only have 15-20 minutes to eat.

Just from a couple of these statements, most people have probably realized how much of an impact this has on students, especially with developing brains. To stop obesity rates from climbing, we need to change this. What you can do to help yourself is, to start packing your own healthy lunches with plenty of fruit, vegetables and protein. If you do order lunch, go for the vegetables instead of the sweets first. If you have a choice of soda or water, go with water.

In conclusion, these are only some of the things you can do to increase your health, and to decrease your risk of future health problems later on in life.

These two pictures are a comparison of Italy’s and U.S.’s lunches. You can clearly see how much healthier Italy’s lunch is, and how different the two are. Citation- Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World.

This picture shows another example of the U.S.’s lunch compared to a much healthier one, Brazil. You can clearly spot the differences in the color and freshness of the food. Citation- How Do School Lunches Around The World Look?


1 comment:

  1. The pictures included in this article comparing lunches around the globe are helpful supports to the article's message.