New Student Lunch Times Just Not Right

Henry Goldman, Staff Writer

A new year with combined schools brings new changes to kids’ normal schedules. This includes changes to students’ lunch schedules resulting in outrageous new lunch times varying from 10:24 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This change is clearly not for the better. While I was looking into the topic, I discovered that both 6th and 8th grades have the earlies lunch times starting at 10:24! And that some 7th and 8th graders eat as late as 1:17. I find both of these times to be unfair compared to the older schedules prior to the BMS and CMS merge.

I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, starting my day by eating some oatmeal. When I get to school I get a Poptart or another breakfast treat. Lunch is two hours later and I’m eating pizza with the taste of oatmeal and Poptarts still lingering my mouth. The weekends are a different story. After I finish my normal Saturday activities, I eat breakfast at about 10:00 AM. This is only 21 minutes later than when I eat lunch on weekdays. Once Monday rolls around, my schedule is thrown off, and I end up feeling drowsy when I need to be alert for class.

Marina Nazario from Spoon University states that the average lunch time for students is between 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Basically, BMS students eating at 10:21 AM are eating a really late breakfast. People need to eat breakfast so they have enough energy to carry them through lunch time.

Additionally, eating at 2:00 p.m. is not fair because it’s a very long stretch from breakfast. With the restrictions of food outside of the cafeteria kids, can get tired and grumpy and potentially affect their learning abilities. Just like with breakfast, there is no point in eating lunch at that time when you’re most likely eating dinner soon after.

Having a balanced meal schedule can be good for your mental health and well being. Eating all of your meals at around the same time each day is important to a balanced meal schedule. However, eating lunch at different times everyday can throw that off. According to having a balanced meal schedule is just as important as eating a healthy meal. If you don’t have a balanced schedule, it can cause stress, increasing the risk of depression, anxiety, and strokes, proving just how dangerous this trend can be to our health.

In general the lunch times are unfair because it disrupts students’ eating schedule leaving them hungry, tired, or even worse, grumpy. Hopefully, something to be done to ensure that everyone eats at a reasonable time in the future.