California has recently implemented a bill to combat obesity. As a result, the chips in my school have been swapped for baked versions of themselves and the salad dressings have become fat-free. These are all improvements, but one look around the cafeteria and we all realize how much more is needed to turn the obesity problem around.
The fundamental problem is that high school students take lunch as a chance to eat some junk food and socialize; they do not view it as an important meal of the day. Most students at my school look for something convenient, portable and fast to eat while chatting in the short 30 minutes, if they eat at all. Rice Krispies and ice cream bars fit those criteria, vegetables and even sandwiches don't.
The only way to curb the problem once and for all is to change the environment of lunch in turn to change our perception of lunch. I want to encourage students to choose foods that would make mommy proud.