As childhood obesity becomes a bigger problem in the United States, there is the question of what we are feeding children in schools. In order to prevent bad habits and teach a healthy lifestyle, I believe schools should offer healthier food in their cafeterias. When I was growing up, elementary through high school, I noticed that school lunches are quite unhealthy. A lot of the time, they offer foods such as pizza and fries, instead of foods that have nutritional value. I would like to see more vegetables and fruits and less fatty/sugary foods. I think that if kids learn to eat healthier when they are young, they will most likely keep the same good habits as they get older which will decrease the risk of the many diseases associated with obesity.
Even though there is the option for kids to bring their own lunch to school, it is often more expensive and some families might not be able to afford to do so. It is known that obesity is more common in poor people, so giving healthy options at schools would be beneficial to kids whose families don’t have enough money to buy them healthy lunches outside of school. Although I was personally a fan of soda and ice cream vending machines, I believe they should be banned from schools. Foods like this allow kids to overindulge because they aren’t being watched by their parents. The more unhealthy foods we eat, the more we want. To try to stop this cycle, we can start young, and in the place that they spend the most time at, outside of their homes.