Diet Sodas, baked chips, hundred calorie packs, and reduced portions; these are all the settings the Papillion La- Vista South students were introduced to at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. It was quite a shock for many of them. As complaints flooded to other classmates and teachers, the reasoning found for these changes was said to be because of one of the greatest growing problems in America today; obesity.
As Papillion La- Vista South's staff saw this as a great decision, the students could beg to differ. Of course there were many complaints of their favorite choices being lost, but the most common quote heard in the lunch room by many seems to be "I'm still hungry".
As parents find out about the "change-up" in the lunch room, some were for it and others weren't. The parents for the decision were happy, of course, that their student would have the opportunity to make better and healthier choices.
The parents against this were appalled by the sky rocket of their son's or daughter's lunch bills. As the famous student quote, "I'm still hungry" increases, so do their lunch bills. Students who aren't full at the end of their meals often go back into the lunch room. Some go in two, three, or up to four times to buy other lunch items.
Some people are saying that their children are buying things they really shouldn't need such as juice, or tea. But the beverages have been reduced down to smaller portions also. Students can't seem to be satisfied with only a 12oz. bottle. The school must realize that these are high school students we are talking about. This is a time when these teenagers are learning to become more independent and make their own choices. These students know that obesity is a rising problem in America and that it is in their hands to deal with it as they will. With that, these students should be expected to be capable of making the right decisions, or the better choices on their own. They won't always have these "limited options" in their daily lives. Students need to learn from their choices in order to become an adult. Isn't that what high school is all about?
As this problem continues, many people argue the point that without the unhealthier foods there, students won't be tempted to eat as unhealthy and be influenced to make better choices with their eating habits. But how do they know that on their way home from school their teenager isn't going to go through McDonalds? Or even make a Taco Bell run?
As a student of Papillion La- Vista South High School, I hear the ideas and thoughts of many students. And though maybe this may help us to make healthier choices, it's actually taking away our right of choice. The choice doesn't seem to be offered as it once was. Teenagers are taught all through high school of how to make their own, smart choices. As society doesn't sympathize for people to make the "right" choices, neither should our school. I believe that every student should have the opportunity to be able to decide what they would like to eat during their lunch period.