Many schools have changed their menus from having a little treat to no treat at all. Schools are able to fill the student's tray with healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables. This comes from Michelle Obama's fear that many students will grow up to be obese. Even the food pyramid that has been used for generations has changed to being the "My Plate" food chart. The issue with obesity is whether schools should worry about what they are giving their students, or worry about how much they are giving to the students.
Some argue that portion size for the food is perfect. It has been studied for generations that there is a certain amount of each item of food that would be good for the average person. The chart tells the average serving size and also all the vitamins, calories, and ingredients that are in that serving size. Because some people believe that the serving size is perfect, they believe the problem of obesity comes from junk food in the schools. For that reason, many schools are getting rid of treats that are considered junk food.
Others argue that portion size is a problem and is causing obesity. This is because it's a "universal portion." The size is good for both a child and an adult. A child can not handle as much food as an adult. Elementary schools go through more food because it is thrown away because students can't eat it all.
However, teenagers go through their growth spurts in junior high or high school. Not only do the teenagers grow in height, mass, and in muscles, but how much they eat also grows. When many students are in sports they also need more food. The portion size for these teenagers might be too small. Let students grab how much they will be able to eat. Having some junk food at the schools would be good for the students. In 1992, the food pyramid chart does have a section of fats, oils, and sweets as part of a balanced meal only if the sweets are used sparingly.