Lastly Something Is Being Done To Combat Obesity In SchoolsThe type or obesity in our children is increasing rapidly and guilt, to some extent, sitting at the door of our schools. It is not surprising, therefore, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of articles talking about child obesity and cafeteria food.
Over the past 20 years the incidence of overweight among 6-11 years old has increased from 7 to nearly 18.
However a report entitled Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way to Health and Youth was published by The EE. UU. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine nutrition standards that schools should adopt detailed.
The report begins by dividing food into Level 1 (foods containing at least one serving of fruit, vegetables and obesidad or whole grains or foods fat or low-fat dairy products) and Tier 2 (foods that are not specified as Tier 1 foods, but nevertheless considered to be acceptable in terms of nutrition in limited ccontradades). Then the report goes on to detail what schools can and can not do. For example:
1. Food and beverages offered in school should be restricted to food Level 1.
2. Snack items should not contain more than 200 calories per serving.
3. Food and drinks should be free of caffeine. This rule, however, foods that contain natural caffeine-related substances in so far found only in trace ccontradades shall not apply.
4. Beverages containing no nutritive sweeteners should only be available to children from high school and should only be allowed after the end of the school day.
5. The food, snacks and beverages should not have more than 35 of their total calories provided by sugars. This standard, however, does not apply to 100 fruit or fruit juice with no added sugar 100 vegetable or vegetable juice with no added sugar and unflavored nonfat and low-fat milk or yogurt .
6. Snack items should not contain more than 200 milligrams of salt.
7. Food and drinks should not be used as a form of reward or punishment.
8. Sports drinks only because students who are participating in high intensity sports programs offered where this activity lasts at least an hour.
9. Food, snacks and beverages should not have more than 35 of its calories from fat. In addition, no more than 10 of your calories should come from saturated fat and should contain no trans fats.
10. Ground floor, drinking water (ie, water that is carbonated, fortified or flavored) should be available to students throughout the day for free.
These of course are only some of the provisions of the report by way of illustration, but to show that we are finally starting to do something to stop the rise in obesity among our children in school.