Fast Foods in Public Schools

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Should Fast Foods Be Allowed in Schools? “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese – a number that has tripled since 1980” (What Are Children Munching On?). Though many reasons contribute to this overwhelming fact, one is the overeating of fast food. Because of its supposed “ease” and convenience, fast food has swept the world in a sort of epidemic. The easy way out to being healthy and eating right for ones body, fast food has plagued the nation especially with diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even strokes or heart attacks. A question is now posed of whether or not fast foods should be fed to children, in substitute of their regular lunches at school. These kids are what seem like innocent victims because of their naivety towards the real problems with fast food. The problems with this quick fix in school cafeterias are that students would become obese, they would develop bad habits, and that the school would be advertising for these companies. “More than 70 percent of obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood” (What Are Children Munching On?). Giving children not much of a choice but to consume these foods is setting them up for failure. Repeated lunches of this sort changes diets and can cause heart disease. These diseases may occur currently, under ones nose, or even further along in ones life like a silent sneak attack of sickness. Students need to be well rested and well focused to truly succeed in schools. A poor diet can lead to much fatigue and laziness which causes them to lose sight in what is important, school itself. The place where they should go to learn should be to learn and excel, not eat and fail. Schools should be offering good choices for students. This habit

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