Obesity is an epidemic that is greatly impacting our youth today. Approximately 16 to 33% percent of children and teens today are obese. The obesity rate has doubled over the past thirty years for youth ages 12 to 19. It is believed that about 9 million children are obese. Obesity can lead to a multiple of heath problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. (And, let’s not forget, it can be a contributing factor to depression and mental health issues.)
Some schools today are tackling this issue by refusing the sale of junk food.
Is it right? Is it fair? Should schools ban the sale of chips, soda and candy bars in lunchrooms?
Many would argue “Yes”, it’s fair. After all, schools are all about improving education. And, one of the best ways to improve education on healthy eating habits is to not have it available.
There are many pros and cons of not allowing the sale of junk food. Obviously, some pros are that is might help children eat healthier. This can lead to better school performance and physical growth. It also helps set a good example for youth, who will be our leaders tomorrow.
One of the biggest cons is that schools can lose fund-raising profits. The sale of sodas, gummy bears and other junk food help go to programs such as band and sports teams.
In addition, many argue that it is just not the school’s place to decided what the kid’s may eat. After all, not all kids are obese. Some say a little bit of junk food doesn’t make a difference.
Personally, I don’t feel that schools should entirely disallow the sale of some junk food. I don’t see anything wrong with having an occasional bake sale to raise money. However, I do agree that it is best to not have junk food easily available for every single lunch period. Kids do need to have a variety of healthy selections to choose from, such as fruit, salad, and over course vegetables.
I don’t necessarily agree with the argument that vending machines should be allowed so they raise money for the school. There are plenty of other ways the school can raise money. For example they could sell advertising space on permission slips as discussed in this article here.
So, while I might not agree with vending machines full of junk food, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having “ice cream Fridays” and holiday bake sales. While it should not be on a regular basis, an occasional treat can boost morale. This, of course, should be done in moderation.
For more discussion on this topic, please read “Newburyport Massachusetts School System Bans Students from Bringing Junk Food.”
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