Bcom/275 Essay

1656 WordsApr 29, 20147 Pages
Junk Food In Public Schools The ever changing world continually pressures its inhabitants to do more with less. Many corporations have down sized in the workforce but still expect to have the same output. This requires workers to take on more responsibility and multi-tasking becomes the norm. Convenience has become the “go to option” for adults to provide junk food to their children. Simply stated the term “junk food” refers to food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content (Merriam-Webster, 2013). Junk Food generally falls into two categories, snack food or fast food. In recent years scientists have found junk food to be connected to chronic illness and child-hood obesity. Most snack food is highly processed and of low nutritional value. Typically the nutritional value is lost through the production process as additives and preservatives are used for freshness. Consumers should be educated in food nutritional value. Some consider that banning junk food in schools is not the answer, we should teach our children to make smarter choices and this will allow them to think for themselves within society. Some schools are also responding to the pressure to offer better choices to the students. Education and awareness is the key in identifying which foods are acceptable for consumption. The consensus of the population as whole must embrace the choices we provide for our children. In recent years, it has been found that junk food connects to chronic illness. ("New Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Chronic Disease", 2012) Diabetes is one of the more common illnesses linked to high junk food consumption. Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. A diet with a high consumption of junk food can result in elevated sugar levels. It is difficult for the body to process those large amounts of sugar at one time.

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