School Lunches Should Be Mandatory Children

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Some people think that American children are very fortunate for getting free meals in schools. But are they? After all cheap or free food often mean that the quality is the greatest. School children are the future of this country and therefore deserve a healthy future. Children are no longer leading active and healthy lives as the children in the past used to. Our current school lunch system is not best and to be fixed. Schools should be forced to provide children with nutrient dense food options because healthy children means better academic scores, and the chances of developing obesity, and other serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure decreases.
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In addition, According to Gabe Duverge in the article, The Impact of School Lunch on Student Performance, “Nutritional deficiencies in zinc, B vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein have been shown to affect the cognitive development of children. There is also evidence to suggest that diets with high amounts of trans and saturated fats can have a negative impact on cognition(Duverge 19).” In other words, students are likely to score lower in arithmetic and writing than those children who eat nutrient dense meals. States continue to set up more and more rigorous academic standards and many children are unable to keep up. This often suggest that children are not focused enough, or that they are not smart enough. However, most people do not realize the major impact nutrition has on learning. Expectations from students are very high, so they need nutritional foods that will help them, and not food that will negatively impact them. We cannot expect weak and tired children to running around and doing hard work, so we cannot expect malnourished children to perform well in school.
School lunches also have a major in weight in children’s health. Child obesity was a very rare thing in the past, but now it has become an epidemic. There are many reasons why children are now obese, but one of the reasons is because school breakfasts and lunches are very unhealthy. School meals in America look like what people who expect to see at a

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