Negative Effects of Today’s Food on Elementary-Aged Children Essay

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In today’s culture, food is often judged by its convenience and taste. Processed and fast foods are quick and easy, and taste fairly good. Children especially enjoy fast food and packaged snacks. But while this may seem a good solution to the fast-paced society we live in, it is actually a dangerous habit. 15% of children ages 6-19 are overweight, and the number is growing (Back to School). Even if a child is not obese, he often does not eat healthy and faces the danger of becoming overweight. One of the main culprits in this problem is the food that children eat. Processed and preserved foods and fast food negatively affect elementary-aged children’s health and future lifestyle. Processed and fast foods are also known…show more content…
The last type is fake foods. These are basically chemicals with gum and sugar fillers. Because these are nutrient-poor and loaded with calories, they satisfy hunger briefly, but deplete the body of key nutrients and induce cravings. Convenience foods’ energy output exceeds nutritional input. They cost your body more to digest, absorb, and eliminate what little they offer in nutritional value. Because of this, modern convenience foods don’t provide sufficient nutrients to allow a child to reach full potential of health or proper functioning. They are key factors in chronic degenerative diseases, learning disabilities, and dental disease (Sheppard 1). But these dangerous foods are what make up many children’s diets today. Many believe the solution to this problem of unhealthy foods is low fat. The problem with this method is that while low-fat foods do not contain fat, there are high amounts of sugar and salt added in order to make up for the loss of taste when the fat is removed. Low-fat foods are more dangerous than full-fat foods for several reasons. Firstly, all the sugar and salt added is just as unhealthy as fat. It still causes weight gain. Secondly, people tend to eat more of a food when it is low fat because they feel guilt-free. Larger portions of low-fat foods are even more unhealthy than eating full-fat foods. Finally, children need fat in order grow; it provides building blocks for their bodies.

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