Arthur Agatston, of South Beach diet fame, thinks good school nutrition programs raise math scores.
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Arther Agatston says that by "improving the nutritional quality of schools meals bolsters the academic performance of students." The rest of the article sets out to explain why. Talking about sugar intake in school lunches and concentration. But also the significant increase in math schools over the whole group of elementary students. It's a program that targets families that qualify for free or reduced lunches.
Mr. Agatston was not surprised by the results, he believes this issue to be a no brainer, however his next response truly shocked me: "many kids--while overfed--are literally malnourished." There is no diet involved with this study, no "solution to obesity," just a growth in the health code. His solution to the problem, or at least a more helpful solution is less fast food, and less fried food.
The first thorn I can across was that Mr. Agatston seemed to hold no regard for the amount of money that was necessary for the food he was saying people should eat in their homes. Brown rice and sweet potatoes do cost more than white rice, and french fries. He goes on to say that "[they're] quite convinced that as more schools ask for good food, that food shouldn't cost significantly more" I believe that this is a horrible thought. To me this type of thinking is a thorn because food will only grow in cost, not decrease as the demand increases.
A golden point however for me is that there are studies being done to convince governments and other organizations that it is worth the cost to have healthy food. Sometimes people can argue with numbers, but other times they cannot.