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. says

    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. Debater@FU.COM says

    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. pinky says

    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.

    • Debater@FU.COM says

      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. says

    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!

    • arlen says

      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

    • Debater@FU.COM says

      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. Junk Food ^.^ says

    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. ... says

    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. Someone says

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

  8. manisha says

    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. nitinmalhotra says

    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. nitinmalhotra says

    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. says

    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. bonzie93 says

    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. isabel says

    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!!

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