Banning Junk Food

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Junk food in schools and vending machines has become a growing controversial topic amongst parents and the government. There is a multitude of reasons for keeping it in the school system. Many argue that banning junk food will help combat obesity even though more results would come from increased exercise. The government effort to ban junk food is well intended but doesn't solve the problem they want it to solve. Junk food should be left in school because it provides revenue for the school, gives people the freedom of choice and doesn’t create a surefire way to combat obesity.

As the government forces schools to abide by new healthier lunch programs, students are beginning to eat less and less food from school. This is causing school districts
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“One might have thought that choosing what to eat or drink should be an individual decision. Can one learn to make healthy choices if there are no choices, no alternatives?” (Jacobs and Carson-Dewitt Para 4). By taking away junk food the government is taking away the chose from students and if there is no choice students aren’t able to directly learn why not to always eat junk food. The watching Big Brother will decide what you can and can’t eat and whether or not you can have a snack and forget what your parents or principal say(Jacobs and Carson-Dewitt Para 5). With the government interfering with school policy and whether or not a school can serve unhealthy food to students this is the government interfering in private state and family choices. In most districts administrators have been able to choose what to serve in vending machines, their choice is driven by trying to provide students choices and fund activities(Jacobs and Carson-Dewitt Para 11). If junk food is taken out of schools it takes the choices away from the administrators and what to serve in their …show more content…
The resolution to make healthy meals in an LA is part of a nationwide movement to help combat diabetes(Watanbe Para 7). Recent studies have shown that the most effective way to combat diabetes is through exercising daily for at least 30 minutes. While junk slightly contributes to obesity with exercise this is removed because the calories from the junk food are burned off. With schools banning junk food they are attempting to eliminate childhood obesity but they get little results.

Banning junk food in the schools is a decision that will cost schools millions in revenue across the nation. Schools rely on the money from vending machines to fund afterschool activity. The banning of junk food shows too much government affairs in small district matters and personal choice. It takes away choices from the individual and doesn’t allow them to learn on their own. It also doesn’t address the most efficient way to combat obesity. If schools encouraged more exercise it would help eliminate childhood obesity. This is why junk food should not be banned by the government in

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