Junk Food Is Junk

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JUNK FOOD IS JUNK John Brazaitis DeVry University Junk food is junk I’m constantly appalled by what I eat. I know about eating healthy and generally strive for healthy meals but somehow junk food always creeps its way in. Bags of Doritos, soda, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, these things find their way into my kitchen placed awkwardly next to organic baby spinach and gluten free artisanal bread. I started to wonder why, I a health food advocate and with my general dislike of processed goods still made excuses as to why it was ok to eat junk food. My every once in a while mentality was getting the best of me. I realized too that junk food was everywhere. Every store, every lobby, even my kids’ school is a junk food haven. The problem with this is junk food is a silent killer. This is not a maybe statement; it is fact which is constantly overlooked. I do not want my children to grow up in a world where junk food is so readily available and the health repercussions are ignored. Today the average American consumes 44.7 gallons of soft drinks a year alone (Bittman, 2011). 25 percent of type 2 diabetes is caused by excess sugar consumption (Templeton, 2014). Almost all junk food is high in sugar and calories. Diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer is caused by our American diet. I do not want my children to grow up in a country where large corporations and the government have no regard for public health. This is why I propose a complete ban of junk food from schools and a 100% tax on junk food purchases with the revenue generated going to subsidize healthy foods. One of the biggest problems with junk food is that it is readily available and cheap. The simple fact that junk food is allowed in schools is a blaring reminder of lack of care companies have when it comes to marketing their products. Profit is the bottom line and starting kids on junk food early

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