Sugary Foods in Schools
Should sugary foods and soft drinks be allowed to be sold in school to raise money? Most high school students enjoy a good soda and candy bar during school hours, but the unfortunate reality is that selling these items is a leading factor to childhood obesity and is suspected to be a cause of hyperactivity. These programs to raise money elevate more than just the income, they overinflate the economic system and leave children with bloated sugar levels and a trail of medical problems to develop, like type 2 diabetes. The kids only like the food because of the sweet taste, eliminating the junk food from the school system would greatly help the obesity levels, considering that is where kids spend a majority of their time.
Shouldn’t it be the parent’s problem to monitor what kids eat? Perhaps, however let’s face it; kids spend the majority of their day in school. Shouldn’t the kids just care about their own health? Just what are these kids eating anyway? Shouldn’t junk food just be completely eliminated and healthy good tasting foods be produced? According to the 2011 Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report, it showed that 65% of middle and high schools in the U.S. offer sugary drinks as a competitive food (CDC Indicator Report 1). What’s the number one reason cited for childhood obesity in America according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Sugary drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses is the winner (CDC study 1). Looks like these kids are getting more than just a spoonful of sugar.
What happens when a bunch of children get loaded up with a heaping full of glucose? Giving children sugary foods is like feeding them mounds of fat building bad energy. Studies may not be linked yet to causing hyperactivity, however what it does cause is a roller coaster ride to insulin levels creating an emotional ride for kids that looks more like a horror movie of screaming kids throwing temper tantrums looking...