As I have mentioned in my earlier blogs, psychology and school lunch are hard topics to connect , but I did it. When looking at it from a psychological point of view it seems that there is not much that this profession can do for school lunches. Although when one takes the time to connect the research, there could be a better point of view from a psychological perspective.
Relationships with food can cause stress in children’s lives, this can change their association with food. Things such as food refusal are not uncommon in adolescents (Merrick & Latzer, 2011). Stress can hinder mental development and cause mental instabilities. Something so simple can mean so much to a fragile psyche.
my research I have learned that girls are more susceptible problems dealing with food, especially when considering certain eating disorders.While researching I found a study on a young girl refused to eat while at school (Wood & Flanagan, 2013). She would not except food from anyone and refused to eat school food. She was monitored during the lunch break in school and still would not eat.
After a day at school she would go home and binge eat for hours sometimes. If her mother would not have her favorite snakes ready when she arrived home, she would throw tantrums. The researcher went through possibilities of why this might have happen, and settled on the possibility of the girl going through a traumatic event, which triggered her symptoms:
There was no indicated medical, physiological, or organic condition that could account for Michelle’s food refusal, unless anxiety is conceptualized within this domain. Michelle was clearly able to eat without discomfort, there was no apparent blockage or structural abnormalities, and there was no known insult or illness to account for her sudden refusal to eat in the presence of anyone outside of her family. One may speculate as to the occurrence of a traumatic event, but one was never identified (Wood & Flanagan, 2013). This is a unique scenario, but it is possible that other students have become the same way.
While that specific scenario would not could not be fixed by more supervision. There is the possibility that the staffs within schools are in a position to be able to monitor and recognize signs of eating disorders. A study was done on whether staff within a school could recognize the signs of a potential eating disorder. The study was done in the form of focus groups. There were 8 groups with 7-12 people in the groups. The discussion within the groups were recorded and transcribed for the study. Within the study there were five subjects that continued to come up:
Many staff do not have a basic understanding of eating disorders. Eating disorders and other mental health issues are taboo in the staffroom. Staff do not feel comfortable talking to students about eating disorders. Parents are key to eating disorder recovery but sometimes the relationship gets off on the wrong foot. Staff would welcome ideas for practical support during the recovery period. (Knightsmith, Treasure, & Schmidt, 2013).This study shows that while it is easy to believe that professionals within the school should be able to recognize the signs of eating disorders and report them, this can be seen as taboo.
As our English 400 class has learned while reading, “Free or All” by Poppendieck, lunch at public school is not always the healthiest and can be a big problem. Nutrition is important to a child’s development, this means without it development can be stunted. In some instances school lunch is the main meal for the children, and without that meal they go hungry. When young females are malnourished they have a lower body weight, which can lead to a later onset of menstruation, and has been linked to personality defects. When it comes to the subjects of psychology, public school lunch has many potential implications that can and have been made. With such minimal research, there are not many ways to see a correlation between the subjects.