With childhood obesity rates rising, their kid’s cafeteria food is a major aspect of the problems the parents face. Unsanitary workplaces and high prices are not the only worries they deal with. School cafeteria foods are known for containing pink slime and meat glue in the school’s meat products. Junk foods have overridden the healthier food choices in the cafeteria menu. The parents’ efforts to facilitate healthier, cleaner, and nutritional food have not been ignored.
Unfortunately, these efforts have shot back at the parents with rules from the school that go against the constitutional rights to raise their child the way they please. The school’s new rules have only impeded the progress of child obesity. Brownbag lunches have been banned in certain schools across America and in the name of nutrition; students are required to buy their lunches from the cafeteria. Parents argue that they could pack a healthy lunch cheaper than the school lunch price. The school lunch may not be a balanced meal for specific students resulting in these kids to binge at home.
Instead of shaping the kids’ present and future eating habits by eliminating junk food, this change has sent students running away from the school’s cafeteria. When children are forced into a decision, they naturally rebel. There have been reports of trades in black-market junk food, of pizzas delivered to side doors, and of family-sized bags of chips being brought from home. As the federal government prepares to launch this proposal, it is important to analyze what works — and what does not — in trying to get kids to eat more nutritious food.
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