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English 110
Arguing a Position (Rough)
11/26/13
Taking a Closer Look at K-12 Cafeteria Food
The mother looks at her children before she sends them off to school and thinks about how they’re day will go and if they will be eating right. She had packed them lunches while she apprehensively thinks about the school cafeteria food. Can you believe that so many children in elementary schools do not bring their lunch to school because parents feel that it’s more convenient or a time saver in the mornings, so their kids eat the school cafeteria food? This topic is fascinating because little do most parents know what kind of food their child is being fed. Everyone should be aware of the many risks that are involved when sending their children off to school with the expectation that their kids will get a healthy meal. Along with knowing that their child is getting a healthy meal, many can agree that eating the school cafeteria food is a leading cause in childhood obesity. First, when parents make their children’s lunches many will have a sandwich, which will contain the nutrients of carbohydrates in the bread and protein in the meat. Along with a healthy sandwich many will also pack a fruit as well as a simple desert, such as jello or pudding. This lunch for a child is a very healthy and satisfying one because it contains food from almost all of the food groups. Schools should start allowing for some healthier choices of foods inside their cafeterias because of the unhealthy effects and serious health risks it has on students in grades K-12 and because most schools have only made matters worse by including competitive foods such as fast food and other nutritionally inadequate foods on their menus in order to meet the wide range of tastes of the students.
To begin with, too many children throughout the United States that attend public schools are overweight. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2010, more than one-third of children and...

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