Christian Long

Ann Cooper: School Lunches

In TED Talks on May 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Extra credit reflection by MELISSA H.

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Ann Cooper:  School Lunches

I find this talk very informative on what kids and myself are consuming these days at school during lunch. If these facts continue to grow, my generations kids’ will have to suffer and most likely “die off” earlier than the normal person who eats a good nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cooper is the Director of Nutrition Services for Berkley Unified School District. She feeds 9,600 kids a day. In today’s schools, many lunches provide kids with lunches that still have poisons in them from when they were produced. She is trying to change this around the world so we can change it to a healthy planet, healthy foods, which lead to healthy children.
If we continue to feed children this unhealthy food full of toxins, in the future there will be more cases of heart problems, diabetes, and tremendous weight gain. We need to stop it while we can now. It is possible to change your lifestyle now and start a diet without these harmful foods and cut them out of your food choice.

You can start off by avoiding these by simply changing what you drink. Drinks with bright colors come from coal tar and this has been known to cause cancer. It is better for you to not buy processed foods. Processed food come from raw materials and are made in the factory and while in the factory many different chemicals are used. Although most people think it has a different taste, organic foods are the best for you. If you can buy organic meat, milk, eggs, etc you will be a lot more healthier than someone who buys non organic foods and putting toxins in their body.

Cooper talks about how the USDA puts food on kids’ plates that’s unhealthy, and allows unhealthy food into schools. Well personally I think all parents have a say in what their kids put in their mouth. If they want to avoid their kids eating these toxins then they should pack them a healthy non toxin filled lunch for school. Now I understand there are some days that you just don’t have time to pack your son or daughter’s lunch so you let them buy and I think that’s fine. What I don’t think is good is allowing them to buy their lunch every single day and eat these foods with bad toxins because it will effect them even if it’s 2 months or 20 years. Cooper says it is killing people off these days. Heart attacks can be caused if you eat bad foods and go to McDonald’s everyday very often. Parents, guardians, teachers need to teach little children how to eat right now before it’s too late.

“The CDC — the Center for Disease Control — has said, of the children born in the year 2000 — those seven- and eight-year-olds today — one out of every three Caucasians, one out of every two African-Americans and Hispanics, are going to have diabetes in their lifetime. And if that’s not enough, they’ve gone on to say, most before they graduate high school.”

If this doesn’t stop then it is said that the generation born in the 2000 will live a shorter life than their parents. The parents need to do something about them because it’s usually not the young kid choosing what they want to eat.

Not only are kids eating bad but portion sizes are growing. If you compare the size of a coke or a burger from 1950 to now the size has increased a lot. Even if we aren’t hungry for those last couple bites we still eat them because they are there.

We need to stop the toxins, bad food habits, and portion sizes from growing. If we can stop this then maybe there will be less early deaths and cases of heart attacks and diabetes.


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