Documented Essay -Draft #3
English 120, Section 06
4 May 2013
Should Junk Food Be Banned in schools?
My aunt, who has been in New York City for more than 20 years, told me that in the past, she always made her two sons’ lunches to take to school during school years which was more nutritive and less expensive. Her sons at that time were energetic and played outside a lot. But soon after, they did not bring their own lunches anymore. They asked for money from my aunt to purchase food in school canteens. Possibly my aunt thought that she worked too much to prepare her sons’ lunches, so she allowed them to purchase food in canteens at lunch time. Gradually, a number of problems arose. My aunt noticed that giving money to her sons to purchase whatever they want, without supervision, can be very harmful. First, she spent a lot of money on her sons’ lunches. Second, the foods in school canteens were basically junk food. Her sons became less energetic by having lunches in school. They did not play outside frequently, they played video games and watched TV at home instead. After hearing the story, I think it is high time to ban junk food in schools. So, what is junk food? Why will people be less energetic after eating too much junk food? According to an article “Effects of Junk Foods” by Vandana Bagadiya, “Junk food is a term applied to some foods which are perceived to have little or no nutritional value, or to products ZHANG 2 considered unhealthy to consume at all. They are typically ready-to-eat convenience foods containing high levels of saturated fats, salt, sugar and little or no fruit, vegetables or dietary fibre”. The author also points out that instead of having breakfast and other important meals, many people just eat some snacks and soft drinks , which can make them feel tired. We all eat more or less...