Food regulations fall short in high school

Anyone who attended Field Day knows how outraged the student body is over the change in food regulations at schools. It was mentioned in almost every floor show, and the collective opinion is clear. Michelle Obama’s new act was put into place a while ago but only now are we seeing the effects. Last year, when students walked into school at 7 am, they looked forward to getting their muffin at the snack bar. Today, that favorite is no longer available, and students are angry, just as they were the year before when the big cookies were taken off the menu.

Frankly, kids are going to eat whatever they want. This law barely applies to Seaholm because half of the student body eats out for lunch and can get whatever junk food they want. Nothing is going to stop a student from getting a muffin on their way to school rather than buying it at school. In high schools, all this law is going to do is make sales of cafeteria foods plummet.

This law really matters in elementary and middle schools, where everyone eats in the cafeteria and the students are younger. If healthy eating habits can be instilled early on, the root of the problem is fixed. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. The best way to protect our nation’s kids from heart disease is to teach them healthier eating habits. That’s why the new food regulations are applicable and helpful in elementary and middle schools, but not in high schools.

These updated food regulations’ main goal is to promote a healthier lifestyle for America’s youth. Sports are an integral part of kids staying healthy. They are fun and can bring schools together, but they tend to be expensive, and not all families can pay the full amount required to play.

Sports always need funding. Bake sales are a common and traditionally successful way for sports teams and/or clubs to raise money. By banning them, teams are losing one of their most successful fundraiser of the year. Baked goods being sold to support our school’s athletics should not be banned, and the rule against them just doesn’t make sense. There is a limited supply and the unhealthy foods are not being sold by the school, so there should not be a problem with them.
The new food regulations are a good step in the right direction towards a healthier America, but they should only be in place in elementary and middle schools. By high school, students know what they like and dislike and will eat whatever they want to, despite the best of intentions by Michelle Obama. We need to start educating students as early as possible about healthy lifestyle habits, but not restrict the choices of students who are old enough to think for themselves.

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