The Reform of Nutritional Values for America’s Children
The article “New Guidelines Planned on School Vending Machines” by Ron Nixon, which was featured in the editorial section of The New York Times, is about the United States government putting restrictions on the kinds of food being eaten by school children. The Obama administration wants to set standards, not only for the government’s school lunch program, but for the food kids eat outside of the lunchroom from vending machines. The government has yet to come out with any guidelines, but experts believe they will reduce the amounts of sugar, salt and fat to which the children have access. Despite some change, such as in those school lunchrooms, children’s snacking behaviors are not changing, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The United States government should never have been involved in contributing to our children being unhealthy and some obese. They have nutritional guidelines and know better than anyone what’s good to eat and what’s not. Our government is on the right track for helping children regain control of their health. Merely giving kids the choice to eat healthy is not going to cut it. The food in our school systems, all of it, should be nutritious. Children need to be taught the importance of eating well, and not just at school. Our children are being fed over- processed food, as well as junk food, and some kids just don’t have other options. America’s youth needs to be taught the importance of eating well and not just at school. It’s about time that the powers-that-be right their wrongs and get our kids healthy.
There are an endless number of good outcomes for people who eat in a healthy manner. They live longer, perform better in their daily lives, and make much less use of our healthcare system, just to name a few. Children are literally our future and the healthier they are the brighter our future will be. Our children’s health...