junk food

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There is something wrong when salsa passes as a vegetable in the school cafeteria and students can buy soda and candy from vending machines on campus. With this in mind we can only begin to wonder what the future holds for today’s adolescents. When students are exposed to a life of poor nutrition, the result can be obesity and regrets. For countless Canadian children breakfast or lunch drops out of a vending machine at school. This can be a can of soda, perhaps washing down a chocolate bar followed by a bag of potato chips. Students may be junk food junkies but the schools are hooked as well and have become increasingly dependent on the revenue that soda and candy machines bring in each year. While soda sales may help supplement the school’s bottom line health experts are increasingly worried that soft drinks are contributing to a student’s poor health. “It was concluded that teen-aged boys’ soda consumption has tripled in the last 20 years and doubled for girls” (Winter). “Teens now drink twice as much soda as milk” (Brasher). Conversely, children are taught in the classroom about good nutrition a Continue...

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For this reason we should take the initiative while we can to change the ongoing nutrition problems within our schools today. Parents and communities are working diligently to help obese children lose weight and be healthy yet are not getting the help they need from their schools. Children spend a lot of time in schools and are afforded a great deal of freedom in selecting snack foods. To maintain a healthy body weight people must balance the amount of calories in the food and drinks they consume. For this reason schools are only contributing to the problem and do not create a healthy nutritious environment. Instead, many overweight kids end up becoming overweight adults. The rising obesity rates in children are shocking but considering that kids live in a junk food, couch- potato culture that is not surprising. With this in mind a large fry with gravy sounds much more appetizing then a salad or sandwich to the average teenager. 'In a similar way pizza and candy are the highest reward used for good behaviours, attendance and academic achievement' (Brasher). nd the value of healthy food choices but are surrounded by vending machines, school stores and fund raisers offering low nutrient density options. By supplying a lunch you are also able to monitor that your teenager receives the recommended daily intake of vitamins. They receive the message that good nutrition is merely an academic exercise. There are minimal nutrition standards for drinks and snacks sold in cafeterias. Maybe the easiest way in preventing poor nutrition is to provide your child with a nutritious lunch rather than giving them money to purchase a lunch. "Some 35 of all Canadian kids are now viewed as overweight (Brasher).


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