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School Lunches Case Study

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With the incidence of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease continuing to climb, it is understandable that concerned individuals searching for effective methods of reversing this trend would target school lunches. Children consume up to half of their daily calories during school, but the government has not yet placed any limitations on the sugar content of their meals. When viewed generally, the implementation of restrictions on the amount of sugar in school meals appears to be the universal solution to combatting childhood health problems, but in practice it cannot be feasibly implemented in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Although sugar is a major factor contributing to the declining health of the adolescent…show more content…
This value often fluctuates more than 60% from day to day, illustrating that a majority of individuals are not dependent on cafeteria food for lunches, but instead purchase them because they enjoy the food being served. Because they are often not recipients of free or reduced price meals these individuals are important to the cafeteria’s bottom line. If crowd-pleasing, sugary foods are displaced by healthier, less popular alternatives, lunch purchases will fall significantly, further increasing the cafeteria’s overall operating expenses. Requiring school meals to comply with sugar limiting standards would only exacerbate current budgetary conflicts, causing smaller proportions of the district’s already contracted funding to be available for spending on actual education. While some individuals may insist that increased spending on meals can be justified by its positive effects on the health of adolescents, once again in practice, these benefits are not as pronounced as one might…show more content…
Nonetheless, critics of our current policy may believe that any effort to enact change is a step in the right direction, but our district simply cannot afford to take on additional expenses that will have limited effectiveness. Such an approach may be applicable in other regions that are not facing budget cuts and do not have large costs associated with food transportation, but is not applicable in our district. This does not mean that sugar should be utilized in unreasonable quantities school lunches, but instead means that it should not be restricted in such a manner that it affects the sustainability of state and federal budget allocation within our district. Students are not forced to consume sugary meals: they are given a variety of healthier options, but usually do not request them. Students will obtain meals with high sugar content regardless of whether they are offered in cafeterias. Therefore, enacting restrictions will only make it more difficult for cafeterias in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to balance increased expenses with decreased
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