Week 7 assignment
November 26, 2012
Today, youth in America face an obesity crisis that is unprecedented in our history. Obesity rates have skyrocketed by 300% over the last 30 years, with dramatic implications for our children and our society.
Children born in 2000 have a 1-in-3 chance of developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, and 70% of obese 5- to 17-year-olds in a population-based study had at least 1 risk factor for cardiovascular disease.” A statement written by KM Richardson. If the childhood obesity epidemic is not reversed, our society will bear the pain and cost of high rates ...view middle of the document...
Eating is something we all have in common. It's something we all have to do every day, and it's something we can all share. Food and nourishment are right at the point where human rights and the environment intersect. Everyone has a right to wholesome foods. Two "Angry Moms," the filmmaker Amy Kalafa and health practitioner Dr. Susan Rubin, have made a powerful film depicting the efforts of parents and concerned professionals in one community to improve the quality of school food, and have used it to launch a broader crusade: "It's a movie, it's a movement!".
We should begin by acknowledging the substantial accomplishments of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. School food has met the difference between the distractions of hunger and the ability to concentrate for literally millions of American school children. It has served as a politically acceptable outlet for surplus agricultural commodities and thus a tool for managing the farm economy. Although many small towns and communities have bombarded school officials with rants and raves of complaints about the disadvantages of poor school meals, they have not taken notice until Michelle Obama began campaigning and gaining national attention with the “Eat, Drink Better” Foundation. The process of changing the meal plan begins with the schools budget, how much do we have to spend on meals that children won’t even eat? By law, the need for revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans must be addressed every 5 years.
Obviously the present and future health and well-being of schoolchildren are profoundly affected by their food and nutrient intakes and the maintenance of healthy body weight, so we begin with what needs to change. Next, School breakfast and lunch programs, which may contribute to more than 50 percent of the calorie intake by children on school days, should offer opportunities to promote the health and well-being of...