Junk Food

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It has been said that kids who went to a school without junk food were less overweight and more attentive then that of those whose schools allow junk food. However, in schools with junk food regulations and bans, some parents allow the child to bring snacks from home so those children are still subjected to junk food. Of course, this brings the question: Should junk food be banned from schools altogether? Meaning, should parents be banned from sending snacks as well as the schools providing them. But, before you start petitioning your PTA, make sure you have all the facts and know how you, as a parent, can help also.

While you might be bothered by the availability of snacks at your child's school, it's important to think about the part you play in the problem. "Unfortunately, blocking junk food is only part of the answer," says Dr. Jeffrey L. Cumro. "If we block junk food at school and the kids are allowed to go home and eat whatever they want, we really aren't solving the problem. We're just delaying it, which could lead to bigger binges." Don't place the blame on the schools completely: parents have to share the responsibility as well. Most schools make the menu available for parents to read beforehand. While you can't issue a ban on all unhealthy foods, you can talk about the best choices on the menu with your child the night before. Or, head over to the school and take a tour yourself to see what's available. If knowledge is power, knowing what's offered at school means you have the power to steer your kid toward healthier choices. While 16 states have already adopted junk food regulation for their schools, other states might be more hesitant to do so. A lot of the issue boils down to the actual definition of junk food. After all, one parent might think only candy is junk, while another thinks any type of sugar constitutes as contraband. Before you start any type of action plan to get rid of unhealthy grub in your child's school, take into consideration...
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