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No More Junk Food at School
Fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC are all around us. Many people, including
students, enjoy eating fast food there, as it is served quickly, cheaply, and conveniently. However,
if this kind of unhealthy food is served in schools, would you let your kid eat at the school
cafeteria? If I were a parent, I would never let my kid eat unhealthy food at school, and I would
ask the school to ban serving fast food for two reasons.
First, unhealthy food like fast food is detrimental to students, and schools have a
responsibility to protect their students from unhealthy foods. As it is widely known, fast food
contains a lot of harmful chemicals such as MSG and other preservatives. When these chemicals
are consumed by young students for a long period of time, it can cause several diseases. For
example, from the documentary film ’Supersize Me’, we can conclude that eating fast food in our
daily lives can make us obese, affect the function of our livers, and harm our bodies overall. If
students are allowed to eat unhealthy food at school, like in the film, their bodies will be affected
negatively. Therefore, a school, which plays an important role in the growth of the students, has
to try its best to protect its students’ health by providing healthy food with fresh ingredients
without any chemical additives.
Second, consuming fast food at school can change students’ eating habits. Fast food is
known to contain a lot of stimulating chemicals which are addictive, while healthy food barely
contains chemicals and tastes blander than fast food. If students consistently consume pungent
food with chemicals at school, they would be accustomed to food that is only stimulating. As a
consequence, they would prefer eating unhealthy food, as they would find the taste of healthy
food bland. The reason why this is problematic is that it can cause malnutrition and a lack of
essential vitamins and minerals in students’ bodies. Thus, a school should help students build
desirable eating habits by providing a well-balanced menu at the school cafeteria.
People who support schools' serving unhealthy food like fast food argue that it is
freedom of individuals to eat fast food at school. This seems to be reasonable, but considering
the responsibility and role of a school to protect its students’ health, banning junk food at school
is more preferable. Instead, students can enjoy eating hamburgers and French fries after the
school class as there is no regulation outside the classroom.
In conclusion, there are some health-related reasons why schools should not allow
unhealthy food for their students. By allowing fast food at the school cafeteria, students can be
subjected to several diseases, including obesity. Moreover, students might develop unhealthy
eating habits, which could finally lead to malnutrition in their bodies. Therefore, schools should
ban serving unhealthy food at their cafeterias for the health of their students.