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Transcript of JUNK FOOD:
Many young people now acknowledge that eating
too much junk food is not good for their health. They
realize that soda, chips, and candy have little
nutritional value. They know that these foods have
too much sugar, salt, fat and refined starches. Yet
they continue to eat junk food regularly.
Many also admit that they do not incorporate
enough exercise into their daily routines. There is a
higher incidence of type 2 diabetes among youth
in recent years. This has been linked to rising obesity
rates. Diabetes is a disease in which either the body’s
insulin levels are too low or the body does not
respond to the insulin level that is present. The
digestive system breaks down food to make glucose,
which provides the body’s energy. Insulin is an
important hormone that helps the body utilize
glucose. Insulin is needed to transport glucose to
muscles and other tissues of the body.
Despite the link between diabetes and weight, some think that schools should keep selling soda and snacks. They argue that students should have a choice about what they eat. Selling snacks also generates money for schools. Other people think that schools make junk food too accessible. They believe that schools should cooperate with health professionals on initiatives aimed at changing kids’ eating and fitness habits. For example, schools could fill snack machines with more nutritious foods. Should schools sell the snacks students want, or do they have a responsibility to promote healthy habits?