Obesity and School Lunches Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Obesity and School Lunches
A discussion on the benefits of utilizing public policy to redevelop school breakfast and lunch programs.
# 152727 | 1,201 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses how childhood obesity is a direct result of lifestyle and overeating and outlines the five-step public policy initiative that allows schools to adopt a broader range of solutions, at least for young children. The paper describes the positives of using public policy to redevelop school breakfast and lunch programs that include better attendance and behavior ratings, higher test scores, less truancy and sick time, higher student engagement in the classroom, lower obesity and health management issues, and a greater than average chance of improving mood. The paper even reveals that contrary to popular opinion, students actually like fresh fruit and salads if they are available. The paper concludes that with these types of benefits, and so much to gain, why would anyone fail to institute a healthier food policy in the public schools?

Solution - Education and Sugar Free Schools

From the Paper:

"In contemporary society, one of the most visible issues facing Americans, and indeed, most of the developed world, is obesity and the link between diet and health. This is particularly serious in the contemporary world concerning children. Childhood obesity is becoming epidemic in the developed world, and is a condition in which excess body fat negatively affects a child's health. There are a number of effects this has on children, so many that it has become a public health concern that has reached national proportions (Kopelman 493). The late 20th century brought about a number of phenomenal changes to education, to children's lives, and to a child's access to information. Unfortunately, a combination of these changes has resulted in a rising prevalence of obesity in children which, in combination with numerous negative health effects has resulted in a public health epidemic (Ibid 49). This trend has become so serious that First Lady Michelle Obama has declared it to be a national health hazard, and placed it as one of her top priorities. The subject is now part of a national political task force, with the goal of eliminating the problem within one generation (Ferran)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chen, G. "Can Sugar Free Schools Improve Student Development and Grades." 1 October 2009. Public School Review. August 2010 <http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/151>.
  • Ferran, L. "Michelle Obama: Let's MOVE Inititative." 10 February 2010. ABC News. August 2010 <http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Health/michell-obama-childhood-obesity-initiative/story?id=9781473>.
  • Flinchbaugh and Grabarski. "Research in School Nutrition." January 1989. Kansas State University and Adams County Cooperative Education Service. August 2010 <http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/17966/1/ar850161.pdf>.
  • Kerr, J. "Prevention of Childhood Obesity by Reducing Soft Drinks." International Journal of Obesity 29.2 (2005): 854-7.
  • Kopelman, P. Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children. New York: Blackwell, 2005.

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