Junk Food in Schools

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TAL 201 May 6, 2013 Current Issues Paper Junk Food In Schools Introduction Although not easy to admit, it is a fact that a big percentage of the world’s population today likes junk food. Many people have become accustomed to eating foods with high levels of refined sugars, processed grains, and a number of other unhealthy ingredients (Trice, 2010). Essentially, companies have replaced nature’s own ingredients with highly processed products and chemicals to reduce costs, extend shelf life, and raise profits. Excessive salt, sugar, and preservatives are added to replace taste that is lost when using lower quality ingredients. However, things get tricky when such activities put the lives of innocent students at risk. Concerns…show more content…
Advocates especially fear that competitive foods jeopardize the economic viability of school meal programs, because these programs are expected to be self-supporting with federal reimbursements and must have adequate sales volume to survive. The short time devoted to lunch periods in many schools also discourages students from eating full meals and encourages the purchase of competitive foods that can be eaten on the run. A helpful strategy, therefore, is to allow students ample time for lunch. Ostensibly, the combination of the various circumstances has forced school food service departments to put substantial effort into recruiting participants through development of in house food brands, restaurant type menus, food courts, food carts, and new food items that can be purchased separately from meals. They also are forced to seek ways to improve the image of school meals, stimulate demand for more healthful food choices, and involve students in decisions about how to make schools meals more appealing. All of these actions make excellent sense from a business stand point, but only some of them reinforce the school’s educational mission. Anti-commercialism advocates urge students to identify and resist school marketing, communities and states to require firm adherence to existing regulations, and school boards to disallow unfavorable agreements that put students at the mercy of business men and women.
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