Should Students Be Allowed to Eat In Class?

Bailey Michalec, Staff Reporter

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Have you ever been in a rush to get to school? You didn’t have time to eat breakfast? Well good news, you’re not alone. Many students have this issue, and you end up coming to school with a hungry tummy. So, students should be able to eat a snack during class.

Coming to school hungry has many problems. You can not concentrate during class because your stomach is rumbling, and you keep counting down the minutes until the next class. Closer and closer to lunch, you don’t pay attention because you are hungry and can’t wait to eat. This is an issue because you are paying more attention to how hungry you are, and not about the lesson you are learning during class.

“Some students get hungry in class and can’t help that. They need some food in their system or they won’t be able to function properly in class. The more you get hungry and don’t eat you start starving and can’t do things like normally. Watch what your student is doing or if you trust them just let them eat and make sure they don’t leave a mess if they do just have them to clean it up.” -Debate.org

It is also proven that a student that has not eaten is more likely to not succeed as well as a student who has eaten. Thus, creating my statement that students should be allowed to eat in class.

“It is barely second period and your stomach is dying of hunger. In the morning, to be in school on time, a lot of students skip breakfast and usually starve until they reach their lunch period.” – Jaguar Journal

Having a snack in class can help a student concentrate as long as it is not distracting. Pretzels are a great snack because they are not messy, they are not candy and they don’t make a loud sound, whereas cheetos are messy and loud.

So, letting a student have a snack during class is a good idea, to help them concentrate so they are not hungry or counting down the minutes until lunch.

Snacking is important for children because they have smaller stomachs than adults and cannot necessarily eat enough to stay full in one meal or sitting. They should be able to snack every three to four hours over the course of the day. Snacking throughout the day not only ensures kids stay full, it also helps them learn healthy eating habits, like eating appropriate amounts and only when they’re hungry. Small, healthy snacks throughout the day prevent patterns of boredom eating, or eating based on emotional factors.” – Healthy Eating