Short Lunch Breaks In School Are Bad For Kids Health

Posted: Sep 12 2015, 6:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Short Lunch Breaks in School are Bad for Kids Health
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  • Lunch Breaks of Lesser Duration cause Faulty Eating in Kids

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It has been found that lunch breaks of lesser duration in schools are not a good idea. That is because they cause faulty eating patterns in kids.

A study found that those kids who had less than 20 minutes to polish off their school lunches were often subject to malnutrition. They consumed little milk or vegetables as compared to these students who were relaxed and not time-harried.

A great many children come from poverty-ridden families. And they almost solely rely for half their daily nutritional needs on free lunch packs provided by the school authorities. But when they had to finish off the food in a hurry, they often tended to skimp on consuming the much-needed nutritious stuff.

It has been recommended that school administration extend the lunch breaks to more than a measly 20 minutes. That is because this time period is insufficient to consume the necessary amount of calories these little tykes need on a daily basis.

Each day, over 30 million financially disadvantaged children are provided lunch facilities in over 100,000 schools across the United States. And unfortunately they don’t have sufficient time to eat their lunch comestibles properly. This is a crying shame.

The research on the subject is scanty. But now at least the issue has been taken notice of. And it is hoped that the lunch hour will be extended for the sake of these children so that they will not go to bed hungry each day.

Although school lunch packs have evolved over the times so that now they are pretty nutritious and brimming with goodness, the window of opportunity given to consume them is pathetic. How can a small kid eat a couple of items within 20 minutes during which he or she also has to do other things such as socialize with his or her friends or play with other kids.

The Modifying Eating and Lifestyles at School (MEALS) study has recommended that space be given to the small wonders to finish off their lunch packs. When these young ones were observed, it was seen that they consumed 13% fewer items, 12% less vegetables and 10% less milk.

Even those who had five extra minutes were better off and able to eat their prescribed eatables. The kids who had to hurry through their lunch were more likely to skimp on fruit and also leave behind a few items which went to waste. This should not be happening.

The study appeared online Friday, September 11, 2015 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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