Junk Food In School Canteens Essay

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Julia Kim 1st period
Should Schools serve fast food like MsDonalds?

Fast foods are one of the main reasons of obesity in America. Fast food is a well known food of the American culture, so citizens eat more fast foods than any other country. More and more children are becoming obese from their exposure to fast food at an early age. If schools serve fast food such as Burger King or McDonalds full of fat and sodium, then that would mean some children would have to eat fast food everyday and that would increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and becoming obese. Many Americans eat fast food at least once a week, but imagine how this country would be if children would eat fast food every school day! If schools did serve fast food, it…show more content…

That means for the remaining meals and snacks for the day it will definitely go past the amount of calories in needing to be healthy. If a teenager consumes this much calories everyday at school, that would be a major problem for their health and a balanced diet.
Children who eat more fast foods will have a lower IQ than children who are prepared meals with fresh ingredients. Studies by Goldsmiths, University of London, showed that what types of food a person eats could affect their IQ. The results of this experiment were based on a sample of 4000 Scottish children age three to five, who had parents that prepared them meals with fresh ingredients. It was said that kids who come from a family less privileged, have a chance that they will eat more fast food than a privileged family, for their parents would have less time to care for them.
Lastly, Food marketing for fast foods is working very well. Studies show that 84 percent of children go to a fast food restaurant at least once a week. Some American children’s only balanced meal of the day is their school meal, and the rest of their meals are based upon fast food. Then they would eat fast food 3 times a day, 5 days a week. Even now, Americans are eating much more fast foods than they can consume, and increasing one more meal of fast food would make the fast food problem worse.
As a result, fast foods should not be served at schools, for that would worsen the problem of obesity in America. Also, schools are a

  • Candy, not so dandy..

    Junk food is bad for you, meaning death. You can die from obesity, too! You can die from eating too many skittles. "Taste the rainbow," is not very accurate. As it turns out Candy is not so Dandy. Junk food can lead to all kind of diseases, and some can just make you downright Hyper in class. So schools should not sell candy. For money? Nope, a child's health is more important than cash. For happiness? How can you be happy when obese, tell me, how? Freedom of choice? You have a choice to be healthy. In all, 'Nutrition' should have a meaning in schools. It shouldn't be selling candy, chips, and cup o' noodles. More of apples and other fruits.

  • ARE PEOPLE DUMB?

    There's an "obesity epidemic" and people want to just hand kids junk food right in front of their faces?! Kids hardly get enough exercise these days, so how are they to burn off this excess junk? School is a place to be taught, meaning they should also be taught what healthy is. Children should be being sold vegetables, fruit, diary and meat & alternative foods... Things that are all natural! Chances are, they have some sort of junk food at home, whether it be chips, chocolate or gummies... So they can eat that at home, and stay healthy at school at least. Children's brain also need to function properly while at school; SO FEED THEM PROPERLY. Not with super sugary, salty and fatty treats.

  • Junk food is BAD!?!?!?!?!????!!!!!?!

    The average kid spends most of his or her time at school and why feed them food that lacks nutrition. Schools aren't soposed to make kids fat and un-healthy they are soposed to teach them things. What does junk food do good for all it does is make kids fat. I think they should make it a rule to make sure kids get like a apple of a fruit

  • No. They need to learn good nutritional choices.

    When it comes to adults, people should be able to make their own food choices (and deal with the consequences of them) but kids haven't been taught everything needed to make responsible decisions yet. Putting junk food out there for them just creates a temptation to eat unhealthily when it's a time in their lives when healthy eating habits should really be what they're exposed to.

  • Healthy lives.. Healthy people...

    I believe that schools should be allowed to sell junk food. Beyond school, out in the world, children are exposed to junk food at every moment. From driving down the road and seeing signs and billboards, to television commercials, children are bombarded with visions of junk food every single day. Schools should include junk food, but limit how much can be sold. Furthermore, students should be instructed on healthy eating habits and diets. That way, they can make smart, informed decisions regarding eating healthy or not. Because, later on in life, children will have to choose how they want to eat. It's best to expose them to some junk food, inform them about which choice (healthy or junk) is best for them, and let the students decide for themselves

  • I absolutely believe the canteen should not sell junk food because students will get sick!

    Eating too much junk food may cause various illness such as stomach aches , diabetes,diarrhea etc.Moreover this may cause addiction.This may also be bad because if you eat too much junk food, the results you will get are tooth aches, dental issues etc. Instead you can live a healthier, easier lifestyle

  • What is WRONG with people these days???

    I'm sick of people rationalizing it as "OK", or it's the parent's responsibility not the respective school's to look out for the kids. Of course it is the parent's job, but look how things are, and have been falling apart at the basic family level. Schools are supposed to be there to EDUCATE, not meet other agendas like making some extra cash peddling garbage which ANY semi-intelligent person, or supposed nutrition-conscious consumer sees as an early start of a life rife with a multitude of health problems which are likely to cost the general population much, much more at a later time in terms of health problems which most people cannot afford anyways, WAKE UP PEOPLE, look at the obesity rates for this country. EVERYONE is bombarded with negative information/imagery and who is most susceptible? Young, highly-impressionable youth that form patterns of behavior at an early age and who do not see things at a typical adult level (not that ALL adults are overly bright) The last place kids need more negative messages is in school, where they are SUPPOSED to be to learn and be guided by educated adults, not just to learn how to be a consumer. If this legalized poison is allowed to be pushed by school policy then what's next? Narcotics? HEY...If it pays the bills (the bloated salaries of many teachers and administrators) then why the hell not? Saying it's okay for this type of activity to be propagated by institutions originally intended to help produce thinking, productive members of our society because it is allowed everywhere else is convoluted thinking. Sorry for the tirade, but I feel this is just another example of the greater good being ran over for the convenience and ease of shortsighted people, and by enacting bans on junk food at least the school (school board, admin & teachers) can say they at least made the effort.

  • Obesity, hyper, and addiction.

    I strongly believe that school should not sell chips, candies, and sugary drinks. I know that schools are raising money, but why sell junks? Replace chips with baked potatoes, replace candies with dried fruits and cereal bar, replace sugary drinks with fruit cups, flavored water and one hundred percent juice. Isn't that an fantastic idea? Students buy product with less sugar and salt, and schools earn money! Bam, what a great, and healthy deal!

  • Obesity, hyper, and addiction.

    I strongly believe that school should not sell chips, candies, and sugary drinks. I know that schools are raising money, but why sell junks? Replace chips with baked potatoes, replace candies with dried fruits and cereal bar, replace sugary drinks with fruit cups, flavored water and one hundred percent juice. Isn't that an fantastic idea? Students buy product with less sugar and salt, and schools earn money! Bam, what a great, and healthy deal!

  • Schools should promote healthy eating

    I think that schools should be promoting healthy eating to kids so when they are older they don't get obese. Some people think that kids can eat junk food and it doesn't matter because they are young, but the truth is they will get into a habit of eating jusk food so when they are older they will become very unhealthy and might get Diabetes or something.

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