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JUNK FOOD:

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Marsha Cohen

on 31 January 2016

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Transcript of JUNK FOOD:

JUNK FOOD: SHOULD SCHOOLS SELL IT?
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?
Vocabulary Words
1. diabetes
2. pancreas
3. insulin
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