Back to school time causing concern in parents if their children will eat right at school this year.
Current research which was subsidized by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, discovered that children who consume school lunches which are in part of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program have a greater chance to become overweight.
However, within this same study it was discovered that children who consume both breakfast and lunch promoted by the federal government weigh less than those children who do not take part in either food program and then those children who only consume lunch. According to economist Daniel L. Millimet at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Millimet had composed the study in conjunction with Rusty Tchernis, of Georgia State University and Muna S. Hussain, Kuwait University, Kuwait.
Mr. Millimet states the reality that federally funded school lunches add to the childhood obesity epidemic is disturbing, even though it is not totally unexpected. Mr. Millimet’s area of research knowledge is the economics of children particularly topics which are related to school and health.
This new study is published in the summer issue of The Journal of Human Resources.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture supervises the federal lunch and breakfast programs. By way of the USDA the federal government compensates schools for a part of school lunch amounts and they also donate surplus agriculture food items. Although the USDA do not instruct that the meals meet particular nutritional standards, schools pick the certain foods.
Schools also have the ability to provide individual items of food a la carte, which are beyond the range of the federal guidelines and let students pick additional foods.
The researchers in this study examined information consisting of greater than 13,500 elementary school students. The students in which were interviewed were in grades kindergarten, first and third and repeated again in older grades. Mr. Millimet states in the first place it is of great difficulty to plan healthy enticing school lunches that are low priced. Secondly, many schools have constricted budgets, money from the sales of items in a la carte receives large preference. Those facts being stated it brings reassuring knowledge that the U.S. Department of Agriculture that supervise the federal school nutrition programs do take this issue with great concern. The USDA not only in his research but of others also to examine the issues and probable solutions.
The USDA in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama to fight what specialists are stating is a childhood obesity epidemic occurring among school children. On May 18th , the First Lady had announced the outcomes and suggestions of The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity report, that disclosed that greater of thirty percent of American children aged two to nineteen years old are overweight or obese. The report advocates the serving of healthier foods in schools.
Mr. Millimet states that going by the outcomes of the study, the foods which are served in school lunches possibly do not advocate a healthy weight in children. However the food in which is served for breakfasts seem to be healthier.
Mr. Millimet continues that basically what is occurring is the federal government provides nutritional guidelines for lunches and breakfasts if schools desire to obtain federal funding. However, there is proof that the school lunches are less in conformity with the guidelines for lunch than breakfast. The other likely problem is that now a days schools are trying to make money from a la carte food items at lunch time. There is a possibility that even if the school lunch is in fact healthy, children who purchase lunch are more apt to purchase extra items that are not healthy.
Nutritionists are firmly recommending to consume breakfast to produce a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Millimet does indicate that up to a degree any breakfast is better than none at all.
The National School Lunch Program provides meals to an estimated 30 million children within 100,000 public and non for profit private schools according to the USDA.
The School Breakfast program grants cash assistance to greater of 80,000 schools for about 10 million children.
This study references information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey which was taken between the years 1971 and 1974 and once again from 2003 to 2004 which had discovered the predominance of preschool children that are overweight aged two to five had increased from five percent to 13.9 percent. In school aged children it had increased from four percent to 18.8 percent for children aged six to eleven and among children aged twelve to nineteen it had increased from 6.1 percent to 17.4 percent.
So what are parents doing about the uprising concern of meals served at schools. A lot of parents are now packing their children lunches for school. To make sure they receive healthy foods for lunch to help them get through the rest of the day.
Some suggestions include:
Fruit cups such as Mott’s Natural Style applesauce and Dole and Del Monte produce single serve fruit bowls.
Fruit snacks today are similar to candy snacks. Make sure you pick the snacks that are not high in sugar a lot of brands contain high sugars such as Fruit Roll Ups and Sunkist Fruit Gems.
Baked Tortilla Chips are usually low in fat and kids love salsa that goes with them.
Granola Bars that are whole grain bars, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars and Quaker Chewy Granola bars are great choices.
Pretzels can be given occasionally due to the fact they contain high salt amounts.
Yogurt which are low fat or fat free such as Danimals Drinkable Low Fat Yogurt and Go-Gurt by Yoplait.
Pudding which is low fat or fat free.
Nuts and Trail Mix also make great snacks. Trail mix is easy for parents to make. Just mix things such as low fat granola, peanuts, cashews, raisins and dried pineapple and seal in air tight container.
If you feel your child is overweight or obese checking with a nutritionist is very good place to start. They can go over a diet plan with you based on your child’s needs to aide with safe weight loss.Science Daily