In terms, Unhealthy cafeteria food is a problem for countless reasons. Eating unhealthy foods at school at an early age can lead to bad eating habits for the rest of their lives. This leads to obesity in children, and continuing to adults. Researchers have shown currently, over two thirds of states in America have obesity rates for adults over twenty percent and nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese due to an increase in fat intake. The feared “freshman 15” is often discussed among students; however it is not just a weight issue that needs to be worried about (Obesity). As I mention previously, Several dangers are associated with eating fatty foods that do not have nutritional value. It leads to obesity, and the consequences for that besides psychological repercussions can be heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, knee and joint problems, various types of cancer and finally, death (Obesity). Every year in the United States three hundred thousand deaths occur that are associated with obesity (Obesity). This problem that begins with young children eating unhealthy foods in cafeterias needs to be stopped. Ardis, 2011
“Studies have shown school organic gardens,salad bars and healthy lunches improve the health and academic performance of young people.”,stated cummins in his text. Andrew P p. Morris, in his article “ Bad-food taxes will clog our economic arteries beyond repair”, states that “ it is no ones business but yours what you eat.” There might be some truth to this but it is shocking on how many people overeat junk food. When advertisements promote healthy food like vegetables and fruits instead of greasy hamburgers and flimsy fries people want to eat healthy . We have let junk food brainwash youths and even adults into thinking that it's okay to eat outside of their home
It seems that such a ban within schools would be super beneficial when first stated “A ban on junk food”. However when looking a little closer it seems to be more clear to society that there are many ways that it can go wrong. For one, the items they have chosen to put in the vending machines in place of the junk food, is not healthy, it shows that the government has it’s own definition of healthy. Also if they are banning junk food are they being observant of what is being served in cafeterias?, because any kind of processed food is not healthy. Another point of concern is how
The organization of Debatewise stated that controlling the foods that students consume is important in combating obesity, as the dieting habits that most people form originate from when they were young. This is why it’s so crucial for schools to introduce healthier options in schools. If these unhealthy habits are developed, the students are “at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health..”, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These conditions can affect them emotionally and physically, including depression and obesity, which are important health issues both linked with the consumption of junk foods. The selling of junk food in schools is not a small problem either, as it concludes from a study by the Institute of Medicine in 2003 that elementary schools earn approximately $442 million annually from junk food sales. The importance of changing the school lunch programs to implement healthier options is high when there is so much money being spent by the students. Although obesity is a real problem due to the selling of junk food, it can lead to other problems that leading a healthier way of living could fix. For instance, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension states junk foods, due to processing that removes vitamins, minerals, and fiber from the product, are empty calories that are ultimately worthless to the body. This alone contributes to unneeded weight gain and provides no additional sustenances that help the body grow. The Harvard Health Publications describes this to be a serious problem, and acknowledge not only this to be a complication, but mentions the unnecessarily high amounts of sodium levels in the foods, stating that “...the average
What is this food doing to our children? The childhood obesity epidemic has increased because of the contribution of junk food that is being served in public schools. It has been found that children who eat fatty school foods are more likely to become obese than those who brought lunch from home. Why is this we may ask has a lot to do with the above student that I stated brought their lunch from home daily. You can count the intake of calories that is in your lunchbox but you have no idea what is in the food from you school, half of the time you will not even know what the food is. Also, the specials that are provided for students on special food days increases their calorie intake as well such as; pizza day or wing day. On these days children have shown to intake more food because these are the days that they provide greasy foods that taste swell and the children like them so they will gravitate to them because they do not have the proper knowledge to know what this food can do to your body.
In reality, most of the junk food eaten on campus is brought in. Trying to eliminate it from schools is a waste of time, money, and Education” (Metallo). A lot of people see banning fast food from our schools as a waste of time and money. True that even if schools don’t allow fast food in schools, kids will still sneak it in. For high schoolers who leave campus for lunch go to fast food chains anyway, and the schools cannot necessarily control that. It isn’t necessarily the school's job to control what the kids eat, ultimately it comes down to the parents teaching the children healthy eating habits. Many people see it like that, but as human beings shouldn’t we do the right thing no matter what the circumstances? So yes, you cannot completely ban something from schools, but it’s worth a shot even just to show that we
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. This will offer healthier snacks to children, while limiting junk food intake. Due to Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative, the USDA recently outlawed junk food in public schools in the United States, along with the starting healthy lunches to decrease obesity in the United States. However, the banning of junk foods in schools is likely to be ineffective for three main reasons: there are other options, psychology states human beings do what they know they shouldn't, and teaching kids is the job of the parents.
Many people in today 's generation are constantly are craving junk food. It is patently evident junk food plays a major role in the cause of obesity. According to a study called "Psychological science", Obesity leads to numerous health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The treatment of these health issues cost billions of tax health dollars (Physiological science, 2014). Permitting junk food in schools will cause greater chances of obesity. Students will be heading on a venture. Furthermore, obesity is a continuous major problem since the past several years. In 2010, a 4 year old girl named
One reason why junk food should not be served at lunch at school is because junk food can become addictive, and could cause child obesity. Yet many schools are not allowing, but encouraging kids to fill up on soda, and junk food instead of balanced meals, and because of that americans are getting fatter at an alarming
Obesity is defined as a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. Obesity is a nationwide epidemic, especially in today’s younger generation. This is caused by all the processed, fatty, fried junk food that is easily accessible everywhere. For instance, schools are promoting unhealthy eating habits by providing unhealthy lunches and allowing students to buy unhealthy junk food through vending machines and fundraising method. The government must begin financing for healthier food in schools to promote healthier eating habits as well as making unhealthy foods less accessible and healthy foods more accessible.
Schools struggle to feed students healthy, whether it be because it is too expensive, or because it is the easiest to make. This one of the major problems in the U.S. Children who aren’t fed healthy food can become obese. “A 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 94 percent of school lunches failed to meet the U.S. Agriculture Department's regulatory standards,” (Schools Struggle to Feed Kids Healthy Food). Most schools don’t feed their students healthy food at all. "In the school cafeteria you could buy soda, potato chips, snack cakes, corn dogs, French fries, apple turnovers, ice cream --you know, carnival food," (Schools Struggle to Feed Kids Healthy Food). The foods
There has been massive concerns about the health of children. We accuse many fast food restaurants, sweets, and etc. But, do we ever think about what children eat at school. At school we are behind our parents and don’t have a clue what we eat. In my view, I think schools are part of the reason why kids are gaining weight. Just for this, I think schools should sell only healthful foods and drinks to students.
Junk food, junk food, junk food is around all corners of schools. Chocolate, cookies, soda, potato chips, and Sour Strings may sound delectable to some people, but are they nutritious? Some people wonder if there should be a change. Encouraging exceptional nutrition in schools is essential by reasons of students will consume foods that are better for them, schools will pay less for meals, and fewer students would go hungry.