(Moffitt, 1995). Being a Dietetics student, I am extremely aware of the importance of nutritious school meal programs because children spend most of their habit-forming years in school. Students need to develop positive breakfast and lunch choices in order to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the future. As I briefly stated before, there have been studies done to compare the students who participate in school breakfast and lunch programs with the students who choose not to. The findings indicated that a surprising number of students do not participate in the programs altogether.
We need to stand up for them and get the schools to provide healthy foods. Parents need to be more of a role model to our children and teach them what is healthy and what is not. Two out of three children consume about one-third of their total calories from eating school meals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 17% of children, ages 2-19 are obese. Ann Cooper says, “40 – 45% of people will be insulin dependent within a decade.
Describe the possible short-term and long-term effects on health of these eating disorders. Eating disorder 1: Short-term effects include: emaciation and malnourishment, weakness and tiredness, fine hair grows on the body, dehydration and depression. For long-term effects we can include: kidney damage, anaemia, brittle bones, low
through participant-observation in order to measure each child’s growth. Participant-observation is when you live among the individuals being studied and observe, and question them about their customs. In this case, Dettwyler questioned parents about their child’s nutrional intake. For example, in Chapter 3, she tries to explain to Daouda’s mother that her child was not getting enough food and needed to eat more, but the mother wouldn’t listen. Also, in chapter 6 she explains to a mother that her child is suffering from Kwashiorkor, which is a disease caused by lack of protein but rich in high-caloric foods.
The increase in participation has gone up by about 84% for free and reduced lunches alone. The participation is also rising because it is cheaper for a family to feed their child at school than it is to send their lunch (School Nutrition Association, 2008). The rising rate of participation shows that families are in dire need of assistance. The families are turning to the schools for assistance to ensure that their children have food to eat. Another economic issue that American families face today is being underemployed.
Fortunately, the solution to this national epidemic is within reach. Parents, grandparents, educators and caring people everywhere can all play a part in instilling in kids the lifelong habits they need for health and academic success. I believe public schools should take a better initiative to increase health in schools because it is best to instill good habits at a young age, schools are an ideal environment to improve health of children (our future adults), and they can play an active role in fighting obesity. Everyone has a role to play. Your involvement as caregivers and adults is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
We have a crisis on our hands with childhood obesity on the rise. Two main causes for the fattening of our children are junk food and sugary sodas. Junk food and soda often take the place of healthy foods in our kids’ diets, something that most school systems should be ashamed of. School lunches are a cause of childhood obesity in America, at least in U-46 schools. In order to put an end to childhood obesity, the schools needs to prepare a healthy yet balanced diet for all kids, by serving them with good food that is full of nutrition.
A food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating, or coming into contact with, a certain food. Most common food allergies are peanuts, eggs, fish, tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy, and shellfish. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as: digestive problems, hives, swollen airways, shortness of breath, reduced blood pressure, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea. In some people, a food allergy can cause severe symptoms, or even a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. Emergency treatment is essential and cannot be ignored for anaphylaxis.
(Finlay et al 2010) This type of intervention is effective as exercise is an important way of maintaining a healthy body and in these classes when the children are taught how to play games it might even encourage them to play the same games out with the school environment and so in turn they will get even more exercise and exercise is one of the main keys to all round better health. The second intervention that I picked out of the case studies was healthy food. Schools can provide children with healthy food to choose from instead of the usual fast food types associated with school cafeterias. Kate has been known to skip lunch and eat crisps/sweets instead and due to money her home meals are usually cheap filling ones like burgers. (Finlay et al 2010) Her school trys to help by providing children like Kate from low income families
If the kid has no medical reason for gaining weight then it seems acceptable to blame the parents. In the first place, the parents are the ones who buy the fast food for their children; parents are the ones who provide them with the money to buy unhealthy snacks. According to Weintraub, "it's the fault of the parents who let their kids eat unhealthy food and sit in front of the television of computer for hours at a time". Weintraub's point is that children are influenced specially by their parents because they are ones kids live almost all their life with. In consequence, kids are influenced in good ways but mostly on bad habits that their parents teach them.