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Junk Food Should Not Be Banned In Schools!

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Emilie Wang

on 3 May 2015

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Transcript of Junk Food Should Not Be Banned In Schools!

Smart Snack Program
Michelle Obama lead a movement to stop serving all unhealthy food (primarily food high in calorie and sugar) in public schools. However, this regulation does not apply to sack lunches.
Now this is Why it wouldn't workout.
It is unfeasible.
It leads to food wastage.
It backfires!
Why banning junk food is unfeasible
Banning simply does not work!
Serving Healthy Food is EXPENSIVE!
1000kcal of healthy food, on average, costs $12, whereas 1000kcal of junk food costs only $4!
Food Wastage
58% of elementary school students normally don't take a vegetable or a fruit to lunch.
26% of vegetables are wasted on plates.
Keep in mind that this is WITHOUT the SSP.
Junk Food Should Not Be Banned In Schools!
Two thirds of school cafeteria workers DO NOT WEAR GLOVES!
One in three high school cafeterias are involved in some sort of health code violation.
How can we expect them to cook healthy food when they cannot even heat CLEAN junk food??
The amount of "healthy food" wasted under the Smart Snack Protocol would be unimaginable!
Study shows that 5% more of high school kids who do not have access to a soda vending machine at school actually ends up drinking MORE soda!
Students at an LA high school (which adopted the healthy lunch menu) now eats MORE self-brought junk food for lunch in order to avoid eating the terrible tasting school food.
Eating healthy is roughly three times as expensive!
Obesity and Income Level
Rate of obesity is approximately 1.7 times greater among poor children and adolescence.
How would these poor kids be able to afford the now more expensive school lunches?
The SSP would not help the ones who need this help the most!
Obesity IS a problem!
The discreditorsare not denying that
One third of children and adolescence between 2 to 19 are overweight!!
Clearly, simply banning junk food in school is not the solution to diminishing childhood obesity.
Here's a failed prototype for the Smart Snack Program
The Unified School District in Los Angeles replaced all junk food on their lunch menu with healthy food, such as black bean and vegetable curry.
Lunch program participation dropped by 13% when thousands of students started bringing junk food to lunch.
Why? Because the food tasted terrible!
According to the students, the new meal tasted amazing during the summer tasting. However, on the actual campus, food is always either under or over cooked.

While one might argue that the discreditors of the SSP are simply in denial of the severity of childhood obesity...
Unopened entree, fruits and vegetables, even entire lunches are being thrown into the trash can.
In an interview with a student who's having a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos for lunch, she now consumes cheetos as her daily meal in order to avoid eating at the school cafeteria.
In conclusion. This attempt at advocating healthy food completely backfired.
As a result of this massive rejection, the L.A. school district had to bring junk food back onto their menu including cheeseburger and pizza.
However, simply BANNING junk food in public schools has proven unfruitful.
Fighting childhood obesity calls for a wide variety of actions.
For example, discouraging the production of processed food and encouraging exercise.
One worker Massachusetts even came to work reaking of marijuana!
Emilie Wang
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