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Lunch Time and Obesity

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The problem of obesity and overweightness for children in grade 1- 12 has never been extensively solved in the U.S. Public health official has linked the problem of obesity to the amount of junk foods that children eats in school during their lunches. However, there has never been a studied that link the length of lunch time to the amount of calories children consume. The needs to identify the common practices during lunch and the students' body weight must be conducted in order to find strategies to reduce the children's body weight. The article by Rachana Bhatt examine whether the length of lunch time that children are given in school can impact their body weight. The National State Board of Education (NASBE) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) have recommended that schools provide students with at least 20 minutes to eat lunch. There are misconceptions about the 20 minutes to eat lunch here. First, during this time, children must travel to the cafeteria, wait in line, and clean up. So the amount of time that children actually sit down and eat can be less than 20 minutes. Studied have shown that there could be an additional three to eight minutes necessary for service and cleaning, and additional four minutes to travel. There are many ways that lunch length can affect weight. One reason is that a short lunch time ...

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Overweight children are a constant problem in US schools from K-12. Obese children have a high risk of getting high blood pressure, cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. The increase in junk and unhealthy food in cafeteria has contributed to the body weight of children. The increase in obesity in school has prompted studies to develop strategies to reduce obesity and prevent further increase from occuring in the school. There have been little study connecting the length of lunches to the weight of children in school. The article here will describe the link between the length of lunces and the body mass of the children.