June 18, 2012
In the article “Lunch Lessons by Ann Cooper the author is discussing the rising problem in America with childhood obesity and the connection to the school lunch. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out a report stating if the problem with childhood obesity does not get under control by 2018, thirty to forty percent of the children in the United States will be obese. According to the author one major cause of this growing weight problem with today’s youth is the quality of lunch the youth are receiving while in school. Instead of supplying school age children with a healthy and nutritious lunch they instead receive foods that are less expensive and can be served in bulk. In order to help lower the growing health and weight issues of school age children the food being served in America’s schools must be replaced with healthy alternatives. The food served at public and private schools alike are processed and highly unhealthy. The author finds without a change in the school system children will continue to fail to receive the nutritious foods that would aid in reducing their weight and raising their energy. The health ramifications of not making these changes would be devastating to the youth population since the problem could be prevented through providing youths with healthly lunches during school hours. The purpose of the study is to inspire parents, school officials, and members of the community to advocate for a health change in the types of lunches youths are receiving while in school. Through educating not only the parents and school officials but the children comprehensive changes in food consumption would occur. Children are the population that is most impacted by foods that are processed and lack the proper nutritious. It affects the proper brain and physical development and...