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Thinning Down School Food Many cafeteria workers across the United States do not believe children standing in their own lunch lines dont suffer from obesity Obesity Not in my school A study that was recently done in Pennsylvania shows that many cafeteria personnel dont think school meals are a factor of obesity in children Claudia Probart a TK at Penn State University says that those personnel tested believed there was a childhood obesity problem nationally but furthermore denied the problem in their own schools Instead participants in the survey thought that pop culture peer pressure and parental attitudes were the top factors on unhealthy eating habits The American Obesity Association reports that 15 percent of children are obese This survey that was taken is part of the Project PA This is a program with both Penn States Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Education working together to enlist schools in the fight against adolescent obesity This new program also includes a workshop on obesity which trains school employees to encourage better eating habits among students Claudia Probart says that school is in the position to be a major role in preventing adolescent obesity Schools have such a large influence on childrens health because kids spend so many hours in the classroom away from home Probart offers that after World War II many programs on school nutrition were started in order to give kids bigger portions and better nutrition Nowadays school food lines are once again the leaders in promoting healthy eating habits Instead of saving children from scarcity of food they need to save them from excess of it Even as juniors when were in the last years of our education school food still plays a big part of our daily nutrition Now that were ages 16 and 17 we know how to make healthy eating choices from years of experience from our parents teaching But personally I dont think the healthy
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