Essay on Junk Food in Schools

1269 Words Dec 13th, 2007 6 Pages
Junk Food in Schools
There is something wrong when salsa passes as a vegetable in the school cafeteria and students can buy soda and candy from vending machines on campus. With this in mind we can only begin to wonder what the future holds for today's adolescents. When students are exposed to a life of poor nutrition, the result can be obesity and regrets (CBC, 2006).
For countless children, breakfast or lunch drops out of a vending machine at school. This can be a can of soda, perhaps washing down a chocolate bar followed by a bag of potato chips. Students may be junk food junkies but the schools are hooked as well and have become increasingly dependent on the revenue that soda and candy machines bring in each year (Mueller, 2007).
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Obesity is linked to the so-called lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and a lower health-related quality of life. Essentially we are killing our children. Our society has become one of convenience and our children are suffering for it. As adults we need to stop this from happening. We need to protect our children. Junk food should not be allowed in our schools.
However, there continues to be the one source of access for our children, and that is the vending machines that have been placed in the school hallways, and cafeterias. Giving them the opportunity to choose anything they desire invariably results in a pre-packaged diet. Even if your child avoids the soda machines in school hallways it will not prevent the other kids from indulging. Healthy food choices are surrounded by vending machines, school stores and fundraisers offering low nutrient density options. Schools can and should provide an environment that exemplifies a healthier relationship with food. A recent research report from the University of Kentucky showed that 84 percent of food sold in school vending machines is "junk food", such as soft drinks, candy, fried foods and pastries (CBC). It is important for people of all ages to maintain a healthy weight. Children spend a lot of time in schools and are

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