By researching this for four months now, I feel that I have learned about the current child obesity epidemic. In my opinion, the changes that need to be made are very simple and would have a huge impact. At the beginning of the project, I thought the major problem was what the schools were feeding the children, but after my last blog post, I have come to the conclusion that it is in the parents hands. First, if a child’s parent isn’t making good decisions, then how is a child supposed to. I can assume that more than 75% of a children’s yearly food intake is under their parents watch. In the school year, only one of their meals is not under their parents watch, and in summertime, the parents have full control of what their children eat. Even during the school year, the parents can have control over what their child is eating for lunch by not giving the child lunch money and packing a healthy lunch for their child to take to school.
In higher grade levels, like middle school and high school, I think the best option would be to offer healthier foods and also require strictly a “nutrition” class, along with the health class that is already required.