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Americans have one of the most unhealthy diets in the world. Mainly because, most foods are processed foods. The United States also has the most fast food restaurants in the entire world letting students especially high school and college students to eat out. In order to control America’s obesity problem, we must give tax money to the school’s food department so they can provide fresh and healthy lunches for students. This is by far the number one question many people are asking now-a-days.
Because many processed foods are so easily accessible, it is made to be very tasty and extremely unhealthy for us. Although, Students,”seniors” are allowed to go eat around the schools fast food restaurants, California Valley would rather have students eating a healthy diet nutritional meal instead of unhealthy fast food.
As a student there is nothing better than buying cheap fast food, however there is a bad side to cheap fast food. In the article “No Lunch Left Behind,” Alice Waters claims that, ”school lunches are valued at a little over 20 cents per meal.
” Meaning that if we give the tax money to the schools food department the children will eat and be healthier. Offering healthy non-processed foods at school can also make students eat healthy at home. In the article “Attacking the Obesity Epidemic” Brody states,”Also needed–and less controversial– are school based programs to encourage healthier eating and exercise habits and to reduce television watching, and schools that introduce healthful foods in the classroom have shown that they are more likely to be eaten in the lunchroom and at home”.
This means that, if schools are offering healthy foods at school, kids will be encouraged to eat healthy at home as well.
This being said I want to know how many times people eat a day, who eats a good non-sugary/greasy breakfast every morning, who would rather eat apples over the famous hot cheetos,and who eats at fast food restaurants. So, I distributed a short survey to students in my second and third period and also asked them what they want from the school in order for them to eat here? This way we could have an understanding on what the school needs to change for a healthier school and more food being sold at school. From these questions I asked my fellow classmates I got, an average of 5 meals eaten a day. 00 saying they eat a good non-sugary or greasy breakfast every morning 00 that don’t. Out of fifty five, 00 said they prefer hot cheetos over apples. And 00 saying they eat at fast food restaurants daily. We can clearly see that California Valley is not doing its job by offering quality meals for its students. In my survey I can conclude that the majority of students are not happy with the food from California Valley forcing them to bring food from home or going to eat outside of school. In conclusion bad eating habits at schools are here to stay unless we are willing to do something about it. America is known for having one of the most unhealthy diets in the world, due to large amounts of processed foods.
The United States also has the most fast food restaurants in the entire world allowing students especially high school and college students to eat at these fast food places. In order to control the obesity and bad eating habits epidemic, we must provide the school’s food department with tax money so they can provide us students with fresh and healthy lunches. This is by far the number one question many people are talking about Now-a-days. Due to the fact that now anyone can purchase processed foods, it is made to be very tasty and extremely unhealthy for us americans. Having said that, the government should really spend more money on school lunches in order to stop these bad eating habits at school.
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