Should School Be Banned Junk Food? Essay

2169 Words Aug 3rd, 2014 9 Pages
Fast, simple, inexpensive, and easy. Who does not like the sound of that? This easily accessible item has one catch though, it is detrimental to one’s health if taken on a daily basis. Too much of a good thing they say. With childhood obesity skyrocketing over the decades, it raises the question if schools should ban junk food. During the growing and developing stages of adolescents, students need a healthy and well balanced diet to help them grow into healthy adults. Adolescents spend more time at school than at home and two of their main meals, breakfast and lunch, are provided there if they choose to eat at school. That’s almost up to fifty percent of their caloric intake (Gibson and Swartz). By reducing and or eliminating junk food from schools it will reduce the health problems that are seen in young people, help lay the foundation of healthy eating habits that they will carry on into their adult life, and help maximize students learning potential. Some people believe that because students have a higher metabolism than adults that they can eat whatever they want as long as they exercise. However, exercising is only part of the component of fighting obesity and chronic illnesses, it needs to be complimented with a healthy and well balanced diet. Today schools put emphasis on school sports and exercise, however, while that does help combat obesity and other health problems. Schools are still contributing to the problem by providing vending machines with food high in…

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