Argumentative Essay - Junk Food

1610 Words Aug 5th, 2013 7 Pages
Should the sale of junk food in school cafeterias be banned?

In more traditional years, parents had to prepare packed lunch for their kids when going to school. However, in present times, most parents are already incapable of doing such things. This is because they lack the luxury of time with the hectic schedules that they have. Parents tend to just give money to their children to purchase what they need. Given this kind of situation, students are exposed to a variety of options and they are given the freedom to pick whatever they want. In terms of what they eat, students are tempted to choose the ones which happen to be unhealthy and low in essential nutrients like junk foods. For better or for worse, junk food has gone global; it is
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Even though schools may be able to force the students to abide by the rules when they are inside the school, they still do not have full control over the students. Schools cannot stop the children from buying junk foods as soon as they step out from the school. In fact, “It is difficult to regulate junk food consumption through unsophisticated measures such as prohibition” (“House ban,” 2012).

Although children may attempt to smuggle junk foods in school, I believe that this is just a problem of practicalities. In one survey, all 1,700 students were bounded to follow strict rules stating that no chips, fatty foods, sweets and fizzy drinks can be sold at school. Yet there was a neighboring fast food shop that allowed the students to access such foods. Parents and teachers fear that it would put a risk on the school’s healthy eating policy. As a result, resident Edward Copeland brought the case to the high court, where the court decided that the junk food shops should be closed during school hours to support the strict rules of the school (Borland, 2010). This implies that such loophole can be fixed if the school really wants to be part of the discipline formation of the students.

Finally, schools should practice what they preach. Schools are not just a place for knowledge transfer but also for application. Kickbusch (2009) points out that “Students are easily influenced by authority figures, and educators do not realize that, in some…