New School Food Policies Persuasive Essay by BigTanker

New School Food Policies
A discussion as to the reasons that new school food policies are ineffective.
# 107578 | 1,016 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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The paper discusses the new food lunch policies in schools, which were designed to fight childhood obesity by limiting the amount of unhealthy food. The paper states that the policy's intention is that by limiting unhealthy food in schools childhood obesity levels should drop. The paper then asserts that this solution is impractical as students are allowed to go off-campus and bring in their own food. The paper also contends that the main problem in obese children is not so much caloric intake as the lack of exercise. The paper discusses that in order to successfully cure the epidemic of overweight children, physical education should be increased and students should be required to complete more credits in physical education.

From the Paper:

"While the NSLP may affect those students who actually participate in the school lunch programs, many students still bring their sack lunches or even are allowed off-campus during the lunch period. While off-campus, those students have access to every sort of place they desire, whether it is the ever-criticized McDonalds or Burger King, or the healthy places such as Subway or Keva Juice. However, the point of the matter is that students have the opportunity to choose unhealthy options for lunch as well as potentially healthy ones. If they have this option, then what good is the NSLP? Many may believe that because freshman and sophomores are often not allowed off-campus, while the upperclassmen are, they will eat the more nutritionally stable food. However, this too is wishful thinking. Many underclassmen will simply pay a small dividend to their older friends to bring them food from their favorite fast food restaurant. If they do not do that, they always have the option of just bringing their own unhealthy food from home. As such, what good is the NSLP if students have no obligation whatsoever to abide by its standards? This is not a call to increase security on students' food sources."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bobelijn, K., L. Maes, C.A. Verecken. School food policy at primary and secondary schools. 28 Feb. 2006 <>
  • The Keva Juice Company. Keva Juice. 2006. 28 Feb 2006. <>
  • "Exercise, Not Diet, May Be Best Defense Against Heart Disease". ScienceDaily. 2003. 28 FEb. 2006 <>
  • Jacobs, Alice, M.D., Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. A Nation at Risk: Obesity in the United States. May 2005. 28 Feb. 2006. <>
  • Jacobson, Linda. Calif. says no. 28 August 2005. 27 Feb. 2006.<>

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