The unhealthy and poor eating habit of most Americans is a social problem that requires the attention of the public and of the government. Since an unhealthy and poor eating habit greatly affects the physical and mental health of the people, it also brings dire consequences on the growth of the country in general. In order to avoid the ill-effects of such eating habits and to promote national health, changes should begin right at the time when children enter school.
America is home to hundreds if not thousands of fast food restaurants that offer meals that either lack the sufficient nutritional content or are in excess of fat and calories. The meals offered in these restaurants are also often served in upsized servings such as large French fries, hamburgers and pizzas coupled with large soft drinks. Since ordering these meals are convenient as they are readily served and can even be delivered right at the customer’s location, it is easy to see why many Americans prefer ordering food in restaurants despite the fact that such meals lack nutrients or are not healthy for the body.
If we let the rest of the nation’s population continue with its poor eating habits, there will come a time when America becomes a nation of malnourished citizens unable to work and study properly. If we let the same thing to happen, a shorter life expectancy will no longer be a figment of the American imagination. The far graver threat is when America is no longer able to sustain its growth as a first-world country because its citizens have become so unhealthy to the point that nutritious meals have simply become a part of history books.
In order to solve the problem, Americans should be taught about good eating habits right at the time when they first enter school. It is fundamental and important to teach children the proper eating habits in preschool because it is the time when they absorb knowledge at such an innocent stage and it also the point when they begin to practice what they have learned and carry it through the rest of their lives. School canteens should only serve healthy meals such as vegetables, fruits and food that do not contain too many preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients.
The school curriculum should also include a subject that is devoted to teaching kids about proper nutrition and healthy eating habits. School activities anchored on the idea of good nutrition through proper eating habits can also be held in order to make the learning process more creative and fun for the children. If children are exposed to an environment that upholds the significance of proper eating habits and discourages the opposite, there is strong reason to believe that children will grow as adults who have instilled in their minds the benefits of proper nutrition.
At a very young age, teaching children the benefits of eating properly and eating at the prescribed time will condition their minds into thinking that eating vegetables, fruits and other healthy meals is the best way to have a healthy life. Exposing these children to school activities that promote proper eating habits will further heighten their interest on the subject of good nutrition without depriving them of the chance to have fun and enjoy.
The solutions offered are feasible for two reasons: one, existing school curricula can be updated so that they integrate the proposed subject that teaches children proper eating habits and their benefits, and; two, the holding of school activities that promote good nutrition and discourages poor eating habits can also be integrated in existing school curricula and can involve the help of the local community so that a wider audience beyond the learning institution can be reached, specifically targeting the local population of children.
On the other hand, others may object by arguing that adjusting existing school curricula may create adverse effects on the teaching load of teachers. Another objection that others may raise is the idea that conducting additional school activities apart from the ones already held regularly may drain the resources of the schools for a project that others may recognize as a proposal that can hardly be sustained through time.
These alternative solutions are less preferable than the one offered for the reason that the future of countless families and of the country at large is at stake. It is about time that America begins to think about the future of its population instead of focusing its energies on short-term goals. The fact that the United States is thriving with fast food chains that offer meals that are far from nutritious and are closer to causing more harm than any good to the public health should compel all individuals to take the issue more seriously.
Adjusting existing school curricula is just a little sacrifice compared to the bigger benefits that lay ahead of the lives of children. Besides, that sacrifice may not at all stand as a monumental challenge for schools since school curricula of different learning institutions have been altered many times in the past in order to accommodate better subjects that cater to the building blocks of learning of young students.
More importantly, the issue of resources being drained does not hold sufficient ground for the reason that the expenses for conducting school activities that promote good nutrition can be shouldered not only by the schools and the students but also by other institutions that promote the same agenda such as the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and other local health institutions.