Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

People in the United States need to change their way of eating for the better. The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough food; the problem is that we don’t have enough nutrition in our food. Nearly 10 percent of our population has Type 2 diabetes, a disease which can be prevented with a healthy diet. An example of what needs to be changed is the food served in schools. Growing up and going to school in Turkey until the age of 14, I never experienced a problem with our school lunches. The school lunches in Turkey were mostly a variety of traditional foods. It wasn't until I moved to America that I realized how bad the school lunches were. I realized this sitting in the high school cafeteria and noticing that 60 percent of the kids had a cookie and a Gatorade for their lunch. A solution to this problem is encouraging and funding schools to serve better foods, especially in the time when kids are developing and growing.

Kaan Deehan Johnson