Schools have come a long way from the days where just about anything could be dropped into a vat of oil, but the deep fryer is still a reality in many underfunded school districts. Deep fried chicken fingers and french fries are high in calories and fat and low in nutritional value. Fried foods are also usually higher in sodium, and saturated fats, also known as trans-fats, are a big reason why the obesity rate for kids has doubled since 1980. Grilled or roasted meats are a better option, and many schools are opting to serve oven-baked french fries now. If your child's school still uses the deep fryer, advise him to hit the salad bar instead.