Public School Lunch Demand Remains the Same, Healthy or not
By: Rachele Cermak
The percent of people that are overweight in America is on the rise.
In 2003-04, a study by National Center for Health Statistics said that about 17 percent of those ages 2 to 19 years old are overweight, compared to five percent in 1976-80.
Regulating the food available in vending machines and on public school lunch menu is a way the government is trying to decrease that number.
Nutritional foods on school lunch menus was found to not cost more than serving processed foods, though healthier foods may require some kitchen equipment upgrades to prepare the new items, according to the Review of Agricultural Economics winter 2007 analysis.
The report also said that the number of nutritional lunches sold compared to processed food lunches remained the same, meaning students will eat healthy foods.