25,000,000 children in the United States struggle with obesity; that is equal to one out of three kids. According to multiple sources, this is caused because students across the nation are being severed junk food in their schools. With this in mind, schools in the United States should ban junk food because it affects a child’s health, their future lifestyle, and leads to addictions.
School across the United States should ban junk food because it affects children's health. Nearly 300,000 people die each year from complications of being obese or overweight. According to Norton center Infographic, “70% of obese children have at least one risk factor for heart disease and 39% have at least two or more risk factor.” With this information, schools are poisoning a child’s chance of living a healthy life. Another example, Norton Center Infographic stated, “Today’s children will be the first generation since the Great Depression, projected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.” To clarify, with children being feed junk food almost everyday they are more likely to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. As a result of it will later affect a child’s future decisions.
Furthermore, schools should ban junk food because it affects children's future lifestyle. What children are fed in their childhood affects their eating habits as adults. As stated in Should states ban junk food in school? published by The New York Times UpFront-The Newsmagazine for Teens, “Poor eating habits developed at an early age lead to a lifetime of real health consequences.” With this in mind, having junk food in schools increases children’s poor eating habits. When these children become adults they will not know what healthy food choices are due to school providing junk food. Having junk food served at school increases obesity. The Norton Center Infographic, Childhood Obesity, informs us that, “43% of the US population will be obese by 2018.” With this being said, we need to think about the future of our nation. We need to influence our children to make healthier decisions in their diet. With junk food in school, schools are increasing the percentage of obesity in the US. These decisions can later on lead to addictions in their adult life.
Additionally, having schools with junk food available increases junk food addiction. The high calories, sugars and sodium that junk food contains causes kids to desperately desire it. The author of Salt Sugar Fat explained, ”...Some foods are purposely made with bland ingredients so that you crave more food or you just add enough sugar or salt until your mouth explodes with flavor.”He also gave an example of how puffy snacks melt quickly in your mouth making you desire more. Soon you will have had three bags that adds up to 450 calories and 750 milligrams of sodium. He then elaborated by revealing, “As far as sugary snacks, new research shows sugar may be just as addicting as crack.” If schools continue to have junk food easily accessible they are increasing and helping addictions. Schools should not let something as dangerously addicting as crack present. Some may argue that healthier food options are too expensive, but can you put a price on a child’s health. An article titled “Battle intensifies to keep junk food out of schools Lunch Room expressed,”As long as a bottle of water cost more than a soda and [food companies] market to lower income kids, obesity and diabetes rates will go up in those communities.”Although the healthy choice is often more costly, it is better to spend a little more for healthier decisions. Spending money on junk food may be cheaper now, but it can lead to expensive health complications. In the long run it is better to spend more and have healthier lifestyle. Junk food in schools should be banned because it can lead to a dangerous addiction.
Given these points, junk food threatens a child’s life. Therefore, schools in the United States should ban junk food because it affects a child's health, their future lifestyle, and leads to addictions. Would you like to see almost half of the population to be obese in 2018, which is less than a month away? Preventing junk food from being available at schools will decrease the percentage of obesity. These contribution may seem small, but will impact our future generations greatly.