School Lunches Essay

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John Doe Beth Eyres Essay 3 – Persuasive 7/4/12 School Lunches Many of us rely on schools to provide healthy nutritious lunches for our children. However, where does the food come from? The food our children eat daily, nine months out of the year is not all that it is made out to be. One in three children are overweight or obese? ( Also, two out of three school children eat what the National School Lunch Programs (NSLP) provides. The school lunches consist of frozen veggies, non-fresh fruit and processed meats. All processed foods are full of chemicals. Parents need to do something about the lunch that is being provided to our children. 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. She also states, “Sick kids get sicker and sicker”. Most of the food that is provided to our children comes processed; there is nothing healthy about that. A lot of the food also comes in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. A processed food is food that has been cooked, milled or manipulated to change the quality. It is also known as “convenience food”, it is sold hot, sold in the refrigerators section at the grocery store, on store shelves, and is ready to eat. Salt is the essential ingredient in these processed foods. Because of this, it has been linked to cause high blood pressure. The government is allowing unhealthy foods into our schools. The foods they eat travel 2500 miles to get to them. Nutritionist Susan Rubin, founder of the

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