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Should junk food be banned from schools

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Started: 10/1/2012 Category: Health
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george_ily_nae

Con

No, Its OUR fault!!!!

It has ALSO been proven that no one can FORCE you to eat the junk food. True, some people do eat it as comfort food, but that's their choice you see. Child obesity may be higher than before, but its not all because of junk food. Children have lost the will to excersize. Wheres the fun? All you do is get hot, sweaty and tired. I'm sure some kids still enjoy excersize but those kids are few. Most kids would rather sit at home and play games where they shoot zombie people or run around collecting coins. Some kids eat to much junk food but, its our body! We don't tell you you can't smoke! We say you SHOULDN'T, but SHOULDN'T and YOU CAN'T are two TOTALLY diffrent things. Gym periods, they may be short but from my excperience, most schools give a rigorus workout in gym. My school makes you do 25 laps around the gym (WHICH IS HUGE!!!), 20 pushups, 15 crunchies, 10 burpees and 5 jumping jacks BEFORE class even BEGINS!!!! This alone is enough of a workout for my entire day, I burn enough calories in my 40 minute gym class that I could eat a whole chocolate cake after to replenish HALF of them. And Kids who don't pay attention in class DONT WANT TO!!! You DO get tired, but not until you get home! Any kid who doesnt do well on school work or testing is because they don't understand the material or they just don't care. Junk food is bad for you in large quantities, but in the small amounts most people eat it in, it is not harmful.

I myself am against schools banning junk food.
"Its my body, Ill do with it what I want. And if I get fat its my own fault, and never in a million years will I blame you."

Fact Set
" In the past two years, over a dozen states have considered legislation limiting the availability of junk food in
schools, requiring vending machines be turned off during certain hours, or increasing the cost of unhealthy
food to discourage its sale.
" Today"s teenagers are almost 3 times as likely to be overweight than they were 20 years ago.
Arguments in favor of banning junk food
" A 2001 Surgeon General report found that 14 percent of American children are obese. This is compared
with 4 percent in 1963. The report also noted that 300,000 people die each year from obesity-related
illnesses or conditions made worse by obesity. Junk foods, high in fat and sugar, contribute to weight gain
and obesity, which in turn puts children at risk for diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
" One of the Surgeon General"s recommendations is that schools provide healthier food options and restrict
access to junk food in vending machines. USDA rules state that school lunches should contain no more than
30% fat, but the national average is 34%. It is estimated that high school lunches provide only 20% of the
proper vitamin levels.
" Eating lots of sugary food makes students less able to pay attention in class or perform well on tests.
" Parents should monitor a child"s diet, but while a student is away from their parents, the school must
function as a parent and do what is best for the students. While the parents cannot be there to oversee a
student"s meals, a school should make sure those meals do not include junk food
" Schools should set a good example of nutritious eating for students. This would fit in well with nutrition
curriculum in health classes.
Arguments against banning junk food
" Students will attempt to smuggle in junk food even if it is banned. Enforcing such a ban would force school
officials to dig through lunchboxes, lockers and desks. This would harm students" privacy.
" It is up to parents to decide what food their children can eat. If children want to include a bit of junk food in
their lunches, they should be allowed to do so.
" Junk food is not bad in itself " in moderation junk food can be part of a healthy diet.
" Students might be more likely to go off the school grounds to eat meals. Food from local fast food
restaurants might be worse than school lunches, even if those school lunches contain some junk food.
" Students should be trusted to make decisions about their diet. Schools should provide information about
healthy eating to the students, but leave the decisions up to them.
" If junk food is banned at school, students will continue to eat junk food before and after school.
" School districts facing smaller budgets because of state deficits rely on money from vending machine and
soda contracts. Minnesota schools make about $40 million per year from soft drink sales. The multi-million
dollar exclusive pouring contracts offered to school districts by soda companies are an essential source of
revenue for many school districts across the country.
" Schools can offer healthy options in cafeteria meals without completely banning junk food from the schools.
M4sterDeb8er

Pro

Facts:
-A fair deal of high schools (including mine) do not require much exercise in PE.
-Kids that do not participate in PE are far less likely to get exercise.
-Kids that do not exercise get fat if their calorie count exceeds what they need.
-Junk foods contain more calories than non-junk foods.

Therefore, junk food is bad for many students to consume.

You should also keep in mind that although the student may want to undertake the risk that junk food provides, the student is usually not legally in control of their welfare. At school, the school is. If the kid gets heart disease from food he got at school, the parents might sue the school. After the school gets sued, the soft drink companies will pull their contracts, and the school district will be in a real mess.

At the core of the issue, you are suggesting schools should accept money from soft drink companies in exchange for the health of the students. Schools should prohibit soda because it is bad for students. If a parent were to have a serious problem with the policy, it is more than likely that an exemption could be made, but as a general rule, schools should ban junk food, just like they ban alcohol and cigarettes on school grounds.

Also, please cite your sources. Who says Minnesota schools get 40 million a year?
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george_ily_nae

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