Junk food should not be served in elementary schools and high schools. According to http://www.preventioninstitute.org..., fifty percent of students' caloric intake comes from school. To have junk food at school is a bad thing. School is a place to learn. Students are taught math, science, so why not healthy eating habits? If students are offered healthy food options, it will teach them what is good for them and what isn't. A 2005 study on schools showed that 68% of elementary students drank sugary drinks during the school day. Another study found that nearly half of all elementary schools serve junk food. One in three Americans are obese, and in order to lower this number, we need to start by supporting our children. Take junk food out of schools!
If schools don't provide junk food, children would bring junk food from their homes. It is better that school provides junk food, albeit at a limited level, to increase moral of the students. School teachers can recommend healthy eating habits with signboards, posters and other means, but students should be given choice to eat what they want to eat. As my school doesn't provide junk food, many of the students bring junk food from their homes. Plus, healthy food ain't tasty food, especially in school. https://www.pinterest.com...
Look at the chart between jail and school. It shows that most schools have pathetic food that students compare with food provided in jail. While it is an exaggeration, there is always some truth in hyperbole.
Having students bring junk food from home and then encouraging healthy eating is a contradiction. I agree with your comparison of school lunches compared to prison food. The food is really bad. But having school assemblies about healthy eating habits should really drive the students to bring healthy lunches. Junk food may increase moral, but in the long run, it is not good for the students. Child obeseity is on the rise. We need our students to eat healthy.
They bring junk food because school food is too trashy. And assemblies about healthy eating habits will only affect children at a certain age. For example, middle school children usually turn off during such assemblies due to overload of knowledge. Junk food mayn't be provided everyday, but at least once per week to make sure that charts comparing school and prison food not made.
Child obesity is at a rise, I agree, but is food the only reason? What about lack of exercise for nerds who study too much? Too much homework CAN make students fat, these links agree. http://conscienhealth.org... http://www.ourfamilyworld.com...
There are other factors for obesity as well, such as eating habits at home. It may be possible that children eat unhealthy food at home and healthy food at school, and don't care about what teachers say.
Plus, your assemblies would take up valuable academic time and lower student morale due to boredom, and if you do a session after school, no one would want to come.
Having everyday assemblies reguarding healthy eating is not nessesary. Students should have monthly assemblies. As for having junk food in schools once a week, according to news.osu.edu, "Students who ate the most fast food had test score gains that were up to about 20 percent lower than those who didn"t eat any fast food,"Junk food has been proved to lower test scores. If elementary school students are eating too much junk food too early, it will affect their test scores in highschools, and maybe even college. Healthy eating is, evidently, related to higher academic performance. Having these assemblies about healthy eating habits will not lower acedamic performances. As to people who study too much, is there proof that they can become obese? From my point of view, I'm thinking that those who study use a lot of energy and remain healthy. If school food is really that bad, you the student can always bring healthy food choices from home. Healthy choices should be made in and out of school. I have enjoyed this debate. Thank you.
Still, even monthly assemblies require time. And we all know healthy food is too boring. Junk food should be served a while and then. Healthy eating can get boring. And anyways, who said to serve junk food directly before the test? And it depends on the type of junk food. For example, some may see coffee as junk, but it certainly re-energizes the mind. Anyways, finally had a good debate, not too hard, not too easy.