When was the last time you smuggled junkfood FAIL
An article in The Lancet, the worlds leading medical journal, found the likelihood for a child to be obese increases 1.6 times every time he/she drinks a bottle of sugar sweetened drink. Many schools in America do serve sugar-sweetened drinks even though they know the health risks. For example, the PowerAde our school serves has 21.5 g of sugar per bottle.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt states, “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.” This means we should try banning junk food in schools. If it does not show positive results, admit it and revert to the old method, but we must try something to stop obesity.
A 2001 surgeon general’s report found that over 14% of Americans are obese and over 5% of children age 6-19 are obese. In addition, 300,000 people die per year from obesity related diseases. However, the CDC reports in 2008 33.9% of Americans were obese and 37.7% of children were obese. Also 365,000 now die per year from obesity related diseases. You can see how much these numbers have jumped.
Studies show that eating sugary foods cause children to be less able to focus in class. Junk food also causes tooth decay and vitamin deficiencies.
Studies show that a modest school based program, teaching children not to drink soda succeeded in reducing the number of obese students compared to the control group. This is a big step towards the ban of junk food seeing it is not only unhealthy to your body, but also to your teeth. Sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. Soda’s acids are proven to reduce 5% of a tooth’s weight by corroding the enamel.
A study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds banning all junk food from a la carte lines would result in 18% reduction of overweight and obese students. Not only weight gain occurs by serving junk food in lunches, but also poor eating habits are developed and lead to a lifetime of real health consequences. Therefore, you would not just be ruining your health as a kid, but the rest of your life as well.
School lunches must meet federal nutrition standards whereas snack carts do not. This means you are getting your daily proteins and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life from hot lunches. According to the NHCS webpage: Al la carte pizzas contain 50.4% of your daily intake of sodium, 26.1% of your daily intake of fat, 45% of your daily intake of saturated fat, and 27% of your daily calories. Compare the chicken sandwich of school lunches to al la carte: There is 460 mg of sodium in school lunches and 735 mg in al la carte. There is 1.5 times the vitamin A and twice the iron in school lunches. Sodium is scientifically proven to cause high blood pressure, elevated risk of heart disease, and kidney damage. Those little brownies from al la carte have 12 g of fat. Compare that to the school ones with 2.5 g. All these facts are proof to why junk food should be banned in schools.