A Chicago public school is banning homemade lunches according to the Chicago Tribune.Homemade lunches need to stay at home. School lunch is going to be mandatory at Chicago’s Little Village Academy public k-8 school. The reasoning behind the movement is that with the new lunch program the school is guaranteed to provide healthy meals without running the risk of children bringing sugary treats and salty chips from home. The complete overhaul was brought about by many schools across the nation being put under heat for not providing healthy lunches for their students.
Some parents are not happy with the change, however. Does Uncle Sam belong in your lunch box? The debate is still open as to whether or not an all-over ban on homemade lunches would work or not; when it comes down to it, you can lead a child to a path of good health, but you can’t make him walk it.
The link between child obesitiy and school lunches is not unfamiliar territory, various studies proved that childhood obesity causes severe risks of early onset of type 2 diabetes, shorter life spans, and cardiovascular problems.With seventeen percent of American children overweight, advocates for reforming the school lunch program believe time is of the essence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’re on the path to seeing diabetes in 30 to 40 percent of today’s children if trends continue.
Of further note in 2010, Pepsi made a dramatic call to remove the “full-sweetened” sugary drinks from schools and Coca-Cola offered to not sell to primary school children. Along with Michelle Obama’s further push to have healthier options in the school, a complete overhaul is fast approaching.