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Nationally, about 17% of people under the age of 20, about 12.5 million are considered obese. School districts that serve students food that are high in calories and fat are to blame for the growing numbers of obese children. Although school lunches provide students food at minimal costs, the poor quality of food served delivers inadequate nutrition and is responsible for the rising numbers of obese minors in the United States. In order to combat this growing problem, school districts must regulate student choices in the lunchroom and provide healthier food to students across America. Although some school districts may argue this, it is necessary to do so as school districts in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and university studies support this claim.
Despite evidence provided by university studies, there are people that claim lunches sold in schools are not directly associated with childhood obesity. Jennifer Van Hook, a professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University says that “Schools only represent a small portion of children’s food environment.” Van Hook claims that the obesi…
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