School Cafeterias: The Root of America’s Rising Obesity Rates?


Food is the fuel for our existence. In a sense, the saying “you are what you eat” has a large amount of truth to it. Take a look at school cafeterias lunches from countries around the world, and see how they compare to a typical American lunch.

After seeing what other countries are feeding their children, it’s no wonder the United States has one of the largest and rapidly rising obesity rates in the world.


Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, and fresh fruit


Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread, and baked plantains



Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, and some grapes


Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage, and syrniki (a dessert pancake)


Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread, and pannukakku (dessert pancake) with fresh berries


Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi, and fresh veggies


Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds


Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread, and an orange

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Fried “popcorn” chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie

Information gathered from Upworthy.

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