Should School Lunches Be Banned?

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A child spends the majority of their childhood in a school. In schools, students acquire the academic knowledge and life skills that they need to carry out a successful life—ranging from learning basic math to how to tie their shoes. Another big part of school is the lunch hour. Lunch is a period in which students can get a break from classes, socialize, and refuel their minds to tackle the rest of the day. But school lunches have been known for being unhealthy and bad for students to consume. Washington has tried to combat this but the recent government restrictions on schools have resulted in school lunches that are so healthy, they are almost unrecognizable as food. Schools and the government need to find a happy balance so that children can get a healthy meal while also enjoying it. Childhood obesity rates have risen dramatically in recent decades. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” Many suspect that school lunches are partly to blame for this staggering rise in overweight children. According to Roni Caryn Rabin in his New York Times article, “Those who regularly had the school lunch were 29 percent more likely to be obese than those who brought lunch from home.” This study highly suggests that the chicken nuggets, French fries, tator tots, and pizza that has been served in many public schools is at fault for the drastic rise in childhood obesity
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