A recent study found that children who regularly ate school lunches were 29 percent more likely to be obese than their peers who brought lunch from home.
|Scooped by Tommy Hibbs|
A recent study found that those who reguarly eat a lunch prepared for them by the school are 29% more likely to be obese than those kids who bring their lunches from home. It seems like a easy solution then, right? Encourage kids to bring food from their homes instead of buying lunch at school. The problem with that is the kids who are generally buying school lunches are on the Free and Reduced Lunches program; they can't afford to do anything but eat at the school. It is unfair in general that schools would serve foods that are unhealthy and obesity-encouraging, but it is even more unfair that those who can't afford to bring lunches from home are sentenced to this risk of obesity. A child shouldn't be forced to eat low-quality food because their mom and dad can't afford to buy them foods at home. The school must change these policies because it is classist and unfair to those that are already disadvantaged back at the homefront. Studies show that kids in poverty may be getting only one meal a day and that meal is usually the lunch they get for free at the school. If that regular, unhealthy meal is going to cause obesity the child is doomed. It's time for the government to takeover this issue because the schools have limited power and funds over what they can serve. Our nation is one of the "fattest" nations in the world and if there isn't anything done about it in the schools obesity will continue to rise and flourish.