Junk Food

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Junk food is any food that is perceived to be unhealthy and of low nutritional value (Smith 2005) is a serious prevailing issue nowadays. In Australia, the statistic shows that the nutritional value of food eaten by the children mark a gradual decrease over the past 30 years. The availability of junk food in the school has turned the children to consume more fast food rather than bring their home-made lunch. In Weekend News (2005), Reynolds suggests an early ban on the sale of junk food in the school canteens to avoid overconsumption among students. Some may say that junk food benefits on the school funds and must not be blame at all. However, in my opinion, the sale of junk food in the school canteen should be banned for several reasons. The first and most important reason for the banning is that junk food itself is found to be unhealthy. Junk foods that relatively high in fat, salt and sugar are actually contributing to childhood obesity. “Products such as instant noodles, potato chips, and chocolate bars raise the kilojoule intake and lead to weight gain” (Weekend News 2005, p.6). Consequently, the youth weight gain risks them with other future cases of heart disease, osteoarthritis and cancers. In addition, Dental Association reports on the sale of soft drinks in schools that causes ‘a decline in the dental health of Australia’s primary-school children’ (Weekend News 2005). Hence, the unhealthy foods must be prohibited in the school canteens. Another reason is that junk food can trigger behavioural problems. Usually, fast food contains chemical additives to give colour and flavour instead of lengthening the shelf-life. “Many of these additives have been shown to cause behavioural problems in children, such as hyperactivity and poor concentration” (Smith 2005, p.3). Besides, this may distracts the students from giving their focus in the classes. According to The Food Show (2005), Cray said that when such foods are readily available at school every day,...
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