Junk food banned in schools

Obesity in children is an issue throughout North America and the habits that you learn when you are young are the ones that will carry through to adulthood. Bill Clinton has brokered a deal through his organization to have all schools offering healthier snacks by going through the manufacturers of the snack food themselves. This is a great good news story.

Just five months after a similar agreement targeting the sale of sodas in schools, Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association announced a deal Friday with several major food companies to make school snacks healthier — the latest assault on the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

“By working with schools and industry to implement these guidelines, we are helping to give parents peace of mind that their kids will be able to make healthier choices at school,” said Dr. Raymond Gibbons, president of the heart association.

The agreement with Kraft Foods Inc., Mars Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Groupe Danone SA and PepsiCo Inc. sets guidelines for fat, sugar, sodium and calories for snack foods sold in school vending machines, stores and snack bars. Those companies make everything from M&M’s, yogurt and granola bars to Frito-Lay potato chips, Snickers bars and canned soups.

Under the guidelines, most foods won’t be permitted to derive more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and more than 10 percent from saturated fat. There will be a limit of 35 percent for sugar content by weight.

Gibbons said Thursday the guidelines are based on the recommendations of leading scientists “as to what we should be doing to provide more nutritious foods for our kids.”



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Charles Nicolas, a spokesman for PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay and Quaker, said Frito-Lay already has products that meet the guidelines, such as baked potato chips and reduced-sugar chewy bars.

“We’re going to change a few recipes so that more snacks meet those guidelines as well,” he said.

Kraft said in a statement that it would add the sodium and calorie caps to its nutrition guidelines “and extend these guidelines to include all of our competitive foods sold in schools.”

The William J. Clinton Foundation teamed up with the heart association to form the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2005. The alliance was formed to combat childhood obesity, which has been blamed for an increase in early-onset diabetes and other ills. In May, the alliance announced an agreement with beverage industry leaders to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat and nonfat milk in elementary and middle schools. Diet sodas and sports drinks are still being sold in high schools.

Officials said that agreement covered 87 percent of the soft drink market in public and private schools. Bob Harrison, executive director of the alliance, said the snack-food industry is not as concentrated as the beverage industry, so the reach of this agreement will not be as wide as the earlier one. But he said the five companies participating in the new agreement are market leaders and their influence will be felt.



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  1. I dont think so THESE CRAPPY PEOPLE CANT TELL US WHAT TO EAT and even if it do get banned we still gonna eat it off of school grounds so….. my might as well not ban it

  2. An article in The Lancet, the worlds leading medical journal, found the likelihood for a child to be obese increases 1.6 times every time he/she drinks a bottle of sugar sweetened drink. Many schools in America do serve sugar-sweetened drinks even though they know the health risks. For example, the PowerAde our school serves has 21.5 g of sugar per bottle.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt states, “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.” This means we should try banning junk food in schools. If it does not show positive results, admit it and revert to the old method, but we must try something to stop obesity.

    A 2001 surgeon general’s report found that over 14% of Americans are obese and over 5% of children age 6-19 are obese. In addition, 300,000 people die per year from obesity related diseases. However, the CDC reports in 2008 33.9% of Americans were obese and 37.7% of children were obese. Also 365,000 now die per year from obesity related diseases. You can see how much these numbers have jumped.

    Studies show that eating sugary foods cause children to be less able to focus in class. Junk food also causes tooth decay and vitamin deficiencies.

    Studies show that a modest school based program, teaching children not to drink soda succeeded in reducing the number of obese students compared to the control group. This is a big step towards the ban of junk food seeing it is not only unhealthy to your body, but also to your teeth. Sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. Soda’s acids are proven to reduce 5% of a tooth’s weight by corroding the enamel.

    A study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds banning all junk food from a la carte lines would result in 18% reduction of overweight and obese students. Not only weight gain occurs by serving junk food in lunches, but also poor eating habits are developed and lead to a lifetime of real health consequences. Therefore, you would not just be ruining your health as a kid, but the rest of your life as well.

    School lunches must meet federal nutrition standards whereas snack carts do not. This means you are getting your daily proteins and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life from hot lunches. According to the NHCS webpage: Al la carte pizzas contain 50.4% of your daily intake of sodium, 26.1% of your daily intake of fat, 45% of your daily intake of saturated fat, and 27% of your daily calories. Compare the chicken sandwich of school lunches to al la carte: There is 460 mg of sodium in school lunches and 735 mg in al la carte. There is 1.5 times the vitamin A and twice the iron in school lunches. Sodium is scientifically proven to cause high blood pressure, elevated risk of heart disease, and kidney damage. Those little brownies from al la carte have 12 g of fat. Compare that to the school ones with 2.5 g. All these facts are proof to why junk food should be banned in schools.

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  3. i think that junk food should ot be banned because children has the right to eat whatever he or she wants to eat. its up to them if they want to get fat or not. junk foods are not the only reason why children are obese anyways. it could have been not exercising and just being a couch potato.

    1. An article in The Lancet, the worlds leading medical journal, found the likelihood for a child to be obese increases 1.6 times every time he/she drinks a bottle of sugar sweetened drink. Many schools in America do serve sugar-sweetened drinks even though they know the health risks. For example, the PowerAde our school serves has 21.5 g of sugar per bottle.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt states, “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.” This means we should try banning junk food in schools. If it does not show positive results, admit it and revert to the old method, but we must try something to stop obesity.

      A 2001 surgeon general’s report found that over 14% of Americans are obese and over 5% of children age 6-19 are obese. In addition, 300,000 people die per year from obesity related diseases. However, the CDC reports in 2008 33.9% of Americans were obese and 37.7% of children were obese. Also 365,000 now die per year from obesity related diseases. You can see how much these numbers have jumped.

      Studies show that eating sugary foods cause children to be less able to focus in class. Junk food also causes tooth decay and vitamin deficiencies.

      Studies show that a modest school based program, teaching children not to drink soda succeeded in reducing the number of obese students compared to the control group. This is a big step towards the ban of junk food seeing it is not only unhealthy to your body, but also to your teeth. Sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. Soda’s acids are proven to reduce 5% of a tooth’s weight by corroding the enamel.

      A study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds banning all junk food from a la carte lines would result in 18% reduction of overweight and obese students. Not only weight gain occurs by serving junk food in lunches, but also poor eating habits are developed and lead to a lifetime of real health consequences. Therefore, you would not just be ruining your health as a kid, but the rest of your life as well.

      School lunches must meet federal nutrition standards whereas snack carts do not. This means you are getting your daily proteins and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life from hot lunches. According to the NHCS webpage: Al la carte pizzas contain 50.4% of your daily intake of sodium, 26.1% of your daily intake of fat, 45% of your daily intake of saturated fat, and 27% of your daily calories. Compare the chicken sandwich of school lunches to al la carte: There is 460 mg of sodium in school lunches and 735 mg in al la carte. There is 1.5 times the vitamin A and twice the iron in school lunches. Sodium is scientifically proven to cause high blood pressure, elevated risk of heart disease, and kidney damage. Those little brownies from al la carte have 12 g of fat. Compare that to the school ones with 2.5 g. All these facts are proof to why junk food should be banned in schools.

  4. i think ppl can choice what they wantt o eat its thier life, so i think they should have junk food but also have a salad bar or something, not just all junk food!!! ppl can make thier own decistions in what they want to eat!

    1. i think the oppisite u should take care about ur body not eat junk food thats bad for u ive tried eating bad junk and u dont know how iu feel

    2. An article in The Lancet, the worlds leading medical journal, found the likelihood for a child to be obese increases 1.6 times every time he/she drinks a bottle of sugar sweetened drink. Many schools in America do serve sugar-sweetened drinks even though they know the health risks. For example, the PowerAde our school serves has 21.5 g of sugar per bottle.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt states, “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.” This means we should try banning junk food in schools. If it does not show positive results, admit it and revert to the old method, but we must try something to stop obesity.

      A 2001 surgeon general’s report found that over 14% of Americans are obese and over 5% of children age 6-19 are obese. In addition, 300,000 people die per year from obesity related diseases. However, the CDC reports in 2008 33.9% of Americans were obese and 37.7% of children were obese. Also 365,000 now die per year from obesity related diseases. You can see how much these numbers have jumped.

      Studies show that eating sugary foods cause children to be less able to focus in class. Junk food also causes tooth decay and vitamin deficiencies.

      Studies show that a modest school based program, teaching children not to drink soda succeeded in reducing the number of obese students compared to the control group. This is a big step towards the ban of junk food seeing it is not only unhealthy to your body, but also to your teeth. Sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. Soda’s acids are proven to reduce 5% of a tooth’s weight by corroding the enamel.

      A study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln finds banning all junk food from a la carte lines would result in 18% reduction of overweight and obese students. Not only weight gain occurs by serving junk food in lunches, but also poor eating habits are developed and lead to a lifetime of real health consequences. Therefore, you would not just be ruining your health as a kid, but the rest of your life as well.

      School lunches must meet federal nutrition standards whereas snack carts do not. This means you are getting your daily proteins and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life from hot lunches. According to the NHCS webpage: Al la carte pizzas contain 50.4% of your daily intake of sodium, 26.1% of your daily intake of fat, 45% of your daily intake of saturated fat, and 27% of your daily calories. Compare the chicken sandwich of school lunches to al la carte: There is 460 mg of sodium in school lunches and 735 mg in al la carte. There is 1.5 times the vitamin A and twice the iron in school lunches. Sodium is scientifically proven to cause high blood pressure, elevated risk of heart disease, and kidney damage. Those little brownies from al la carte have 12 g of fat. Compare that to the school ones with 2.5 g. All these facts are proof to why junk food should be banned in schools.

  5. i think that if the kids have a problem with not being able to control their need for “junk food” than the schools shouldn’t have the right to completely take it away from them. but they need to make students do more exercise because a large amount of the day is spent sitting down than they only get a short amount of free time. or when they get home is either too much homework for them to have time to do sports or just have a fun time, so it isn’t the junk food as much as it is the lack of exercise.

  6. I think vending machines shouldn’t be banned but instead of junk food they can put apples,oranges any healthy fruits or maybe good granola bars

  7. Banning junkfood is horrible! All those who wants to ban them, Will be hated by millions of children. Atleast give them a few…

      1. yes i agree to because what is the point of making junk food if the people going to ban it anyway. it just stupid

    1. ur wrong thats bad for u ur worms inside of u will start eating u inside ..dont do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ohhh god dese ppl will eat ..!!
    guyz du u ol tink dat junk food iz bad 4 r health..!!.?????????
    excess quantity of evrythng izz bad..!!
    v ol eat it in a limit ..so watz d point of discussng dis non-snse..!!
    if r parents dnt make tasty fud den its nt r prblm..!!

  9. hi! i am nitin from class VIII B my school name is c.f.c. public school it is situated in bhai randhir singh nagar i am living in haibowal kalan ludhiana(punjab) my best friends are navneet lekhi,shivam,harshit batra my hobbies are playing,take part in school activities,collecting pens,etc

  10. junk food is banned in schools because of obesity in childrens in all over the world. we can buy once school is over,so what is the point of banning in the school place.the point is that parents might not want not their childrens to eat junk food whenever they want if their parents let them then they can have it at home. at the end i want to say that junk food should be banned so we can have a”BRIGHTER”and”SHINNER”future

  11. Hey not my problem. i think they should keep junk food in the schools shortening their descusting life. Its called the circle of life if we had “Non junk” food the world would be over poluted and we would die as a speshies.

  12. also points are: re: means rebutal
    FOR
    • Healthy foods have more of the nutrients that students need to grow. Children need these nutrients at school for better learning, concentration, activity and growth.
    RE :( Students need some salt, fat and sugar sometimes too, to maintain a balanced diet a.w.a.to keep up their energy levels up after a session of sport, exercise, etc.)

    • If students don’t have enough energy they find it harder to concentrate- little things might irritate them, they may become fidgety and their behaviour may change.

    • Students can learn to make healthy food choices for life.
    RE :( Students who only learn to eat in a strictly healthy environment could not tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy food.)

    • Healthy foods keep appetite satisfied for a longer time.

    AGAINST
    • You can buy junk once school is over, so what is the point of banning it in the school place?
    Re :( The point is that parents might not want their children to eat junk food whenever they want.
    If their parents let them then they can have it at home
    • Everybody should have the freedom of choice.

    • Students might enjoy junk food, a little each week, why take away their enjoyment?
    RE :( Students can eat whatever they want when they get out of school.)

    • It will make more money for the school to improve on other aspects of the building.
    - If you ban things like chocolate and lollies then, following the same logic, schools would have to ban chocolate fundraising which will lose the school even more money.

    • Tasty food is comfort food and it makes school seem friendlier to students.

  13. junk food should be banned fome schools!Dont you want a healthy life?Or do YOU want 2 be obese? i just want the best and if that what it takes then bring it!!

  14. pplz r forcing kids to not bring their own food cuz thei haz 2 eat the crap they call food in the prison
    that they call a skool

    1. you are just one way think about it differint it is not like kids the kid is never going to eat junk food again it is just 7 hours of the weekday

  15. i believe that school cafeterias should not sell junk foods and pop. If your here to be doing an assignment, here are some clues:

    YES: Yes, junk food causes heart problems, storkes, obestity, high blood presssure, etc.. As well as effecting athletic ability and acedemic problems. Cafeterias should encourage heathly eating to prevent these dieases and sicknesses from happening.

    NO: Kids need more choices in schools. Besides, if someone didn’t wake up well, the food will wake them. It would also encourage to make desisions. You can tell someone what to eat, they eat what they feel. If they wanna get fat, thats their choise.

  16. I’m a student and I believe junk food should be banned. Give us trail-mix or something but obesity is at a very high point for American children and adults. It should be banned so we can have a brighter and “skinner” future.

    1. obesity caused 300,000 deaths. it is not like u r never going to eat a hamberger again .u just need to cut back ,appples and pinnapples help control ur weight and vinniger is like salt but way healthier for u there is apple vinniger try that instesd !

      1. THE DEBATE OVER JUNK FOOD SHOULD BE BANNED IN ALL MIDDLE, ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS IS TOMORROW WISH US LUCK GRILS VS. BOYS LETS HOPE THE BOYS LOSS AFTER ALL THE TRIED TO CHEAT

  17. I believe that school canteens shouldn’t sell junk food because it is very unhealthy and causes sicknesses for young children.
    they could get bad diseases and die of heartattacks and strokes.

    also, what if parents want thi kids to be healthy, It is up to parents to decide what food their children can eat not the school canteens.

    Today’s teenagers are almost 3 times as likely to be overweight than they were 20 years ago.
    Should our school canteens only sell fresh fruit and good healthy snacks or is it OK for our children to buy the occasional icecream or lolly from the canteen?

    please take all this in and i’d like to hear back from you soon.

    1. well basicly we can tell them what to eat because you know they can always have this junk at home they don’t have to have it at school when they can have it at home!!!

  18. Could you please tell me when was this article published and when did Bill Clinton apply these new rules?
    Thank you.

  19. at my school we have vending machines with regular water and vitamin water it aint hard to be skinny just make junk food taste like veggies and healthy food like candy.

  20. first of all im 11 years old …i thought that this was important just because my grammar and spelling may not be great

    well… i think that you should be prepared to argue both sides… in class we are having a debate on why or why not junk food should be banned from the schools

    yes:many students are obese or have diabetes throughout the u.s. and the first step could be in schools; students who arent allowed to have junk in their houses do have junk in schools without parents/guardians knowing.

    no: schools are not responsible when you make the wrong decision the are their to provide a safe learning; students are required to expand their knowledge and can learn from theirs and others mistakes;lastly for students whose parents/guardians cannot afford expensive foods, junk food is a better solution because maybe it dosent have proper vitamins but it fills the child

    1. no because its not our choice in wat kids eat its ther money and we cant tell them how 2 spend it at school wen they get obese and overweight they will lear from ther mistake and will want 2 eat healthy

  21. I think you should learn to spell and let the kids Parents choose what they want their kids to Eat and if they want their kids to work out and get healthy THEY WILL MAKE THEM.
    Thank you.

  22. yes defenitly i think it should be banned everywere becuase were already the fattestnation and it must stop.

  23. if yo mamma told u to take ur lunch to school and all it had in it waz chip, chocolate chip cookies, fruit roll ups, fruit by da foot, fruit snacks and u took it cuz yo mamma told u to take to school, and when its time to eat yo lunch at school and u not allowed to eat junck food, than eat yo lunch bra,cuz if my mamma told me to eat ma lunch at school i wazn’t allowed to dan u kno dat i aint listenin to no teacher when my mamma gave ma lunch to eat at school ima eat it

    ja herd me

  24. although junk foood is not good for health but it should not be completely blaimed for obesity it should not be banned completely

    1. That is true. You have to remember that the junk food is giving empty calories but at the same time it is important to exercise or no matter what you eat you are going to be unhealthy.

      Interestingly though the empty calories are going to give you the energy to exercise but it is better quality foods that will make you feel better after that exercise and allow your body to heal

  25. I think junk food should be banned in schools because in popular magazines and on TV there are always adds saying “Eat healthy” and “5 + veggies a day” – but when you think about it …. putting junk in schools is the opposite message. This is a bad example for children!

    So ban junk food once and for all! (: x

    1. THAT IS VERY EXCEEDINGLY RUDE!!!!!!!! AND I THINK JUNK SHOULD NOT BE BANNED IN
      SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!

  26. it should be banned because people who are obese and like junk food should stop eating it

  27. THIS IS JUST WRONG THE KIDS NEED TO LOUSE WEAT WERE ALL FAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. i think that it should cause i dont want to become fat and i think it shouldn’t cause i looooooovvvvvvveeeeee junk food!

  29. Hey guys and girls I have a debate about this and i am against banning food in schools so can u ppl guve me both facts and oppions on this plz
    Thanks
    Brianna

  30. i think junhould be banned
    1) Obesity in kids is getting rediculous.
    2) They are getting rid of PE or only having it once a week and that is about the only physical activity some kids have and they cant burn off the calories
    3)They should learn to eat healthier when they are young
    4) Some kids that is all they eat from schools during breakfast and lunch. And that will hurt them in the long run either by medical problems, or even deathk

  31. I don’t let my daughter eat a lot of junk foods…I’d rather prepare her a healthy and delicious snacks than give her junk foods.

  32. I think that as long as we are providing children with the quality foods (meaning no antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals) it is not very important what kind of diet they are. Even if the child will eat the whole big cake made from farm milk and organic fruits it will not really harm the child.

  33. Meanwhile most of the Manhattan Schools already changed foods available for lunch. Most of the schools do not carry any sodas, just water and vitamin water. (Southside School in Queens) no hot dogs, French-fries or burgers, chose of the salads and fruits, organic chicken and nuts and granola bars….

  34. Okay , junk food seems to be a huge issue with whether it should be banned in schools or not , right ? Well , honestly , and this is just my opinion , no one has the right answer. Sure , junk food is bad for you and it can be ‘one’ of the reasons kids are getting over the adverage weight limit , but that’s their choice. No one is forcing them to eat it.They could exercise too , but they don’t cause no one forces them to. No one really knows which way is better and again honestly , no one is right or wrong because there are two different sides to it with a million different kind of reason for each. I am 13 years old and I am able to watch what i eat. Just stop fighting over it and take control of what you eat. It’s not that hard !

  35. junk food is a choice…its not there right to take away this vending machines….if your child is getting bigger than the average weight of a child then that’s the parents problem…n you need to handle it yourself…

  36. OMG junk food should and shouln’t be banned from schools b/c like in middle schools the kids should be old enough to make their own decisions and if they want to eat junk food and not excercise then obviously they want to get fat.! :)

  37. I agree junk food should be ban from public school. Vendor machines should be replaced by a school cafetaria that will serve healthier full meal. Those who complain of being fat…nobody actually forced you to eat all that junk food you ate it because you wanted to eat it so take the responsability for it.

  38. It would be great to see Junk Food banned in all schools. There is definitely a push in many places to get rid of junk food and pop in a lot of places.

    Lets hope it is successful

    1. all you are in the head well most of you are JUNK FOOD SHULD NOT BE BANNED i thin people are responsible for what they put in their mouth so there it is !!!!!!!!!!
      in your faces :P

  39. I think that limiting junk food is good but at the same time junk food is not the only cause of obesity. Kids need exercise and a healthy diet and parents should implement that. I think if parents took a firmer stand on what their kids ate and how much exercise they got this epidemic would not be as wide spread.
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