(ABC) – With children back in school across the country, there’s growing concern they may not have enough time to eat lunch.
According to a recent survey, more than 20% of public schools are giving children less than 20 minutes.
California mom Deb Snell packs lunches for her three kids, but when they come back from school, she said she notices their bags are still full.
When Snell and another mom tried to get to the bottom of the issue, they said they found out their kids only had 15 minutes to eat.
They also said they found out 18 kids were still standing in line when the bell rang for the end of lunch.
Snell created a change.org petition to address this time concern, which has now garnered over 1,400 signatures but experts say these short lunch times exist all over the country.
The negative effects of this short time to eat a balanced meal can be widespread, including reduced ability to focus, lower energy levels, and less impulse control.
(This story was originally published on August 28, 2019)