Should Junk Food Be Banned In Schools?

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Summary:
Source citation: Johnson, Margaret. "Junk Food Should Not Be Banned in Schools." Should Junk Food Be Sold in Schools? Ed. Norah Piehl. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Rpt. from "Should Schools Allow the Sale of Junk Food?" NEA Today (Mar. 2002). Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.

Issue: Should we ban junk food in schools?

Conclusion: The author says that there should be a freedom of choice of dining options. Therefore, junk food should not be banned in schools.

Reasons: 1) Having the option to pick their food helps students to get a feeling of responsibility and satisfaction. 2) If junk food was banned, students who have diet restrictions would go without eating anything at all. 3) Junk food gives students
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"Junk Food Should Be Banned in Schools." Should Junk Food Be Sold in Schools? Ed. Norah Piehl. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Rpt. from "Expert Panel Urges Junk Food Ban in Schools." Reuters, 2007. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.

Issue: Should we ban junk food in schools?

Conclusion: The author says that schools should no longer be allowed to sell junk food. Therefore, yes it should be banned.

Reasons: 1) It would slow down or even stop the growth rates of obesity and health problems of students. 2) Junk food is the reason for child obesity. 3) Obesity is already rising. 4) The caffeine in many sodas has side effects such as headaches and moodiness. 5) Banning junk food would reduce the calories eaten by students as well as the amount of food eaten.

Analysis
What are some underlying value assumptions of each side of the argument?

The underlying value assumption of the author is that students should eat healthy. There should not be any junk food in their diet if possible. Dunham believes that schools should serve healthy food and snacks rather than junk food. He says, “School campuses should be an overall healthy eating environment”. The author also thinks that there should be snacks that are semi-healthy available to older students. For example there should be baked potato chips, graham crackers and pretzels available to high school students. Therefore he says that schools should have different healthy meal

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