13 February 2013
Healthy Eating in School
In Anne Allison’s essay Japanese Mothers and Obentos she argues that making obentos is a manipulation of the Ideological State Apparatus. In Japanese culture, the I.S.A. promotes women staying in the home and managing the children’s school affairs while the husband goes to work. So, in essence, she has more time to devote to these extravagant lunches. American lunches don’t follow the same pattern because the traditional family structure that is more prevalent in Japan just isn’t the norm in America. The food culture, and the way our society is shaped is completely different. The I.S.A. in America promotes eating healthy as a way to prevent obesity, but lacks the discipline aspect that the Japanese I.S.A. instills through the obentos.
In Japan all of the mothers pack an obento for their children to take to school, but a lot of children in America come from single parent homes where the mother works and doesn’t have the time to pack lunches. In traditional families, if the child does have a packed lunch it’s usually healthy- a ...