As we can see, obesity has become a growing problem in Hong Kong, especially for the children. According to the medical report released recently, the popularity of MacDonald’s is believed to be one factor boosting the figure of obese children. To curb this worrying trend, some people think that rules should be set against fast food in schools. On the contrary, some object to this suggestion for its rigidity. Should there be any rules?
Granted, I think that it is desirable to set rules against fast food in schools for simple reasons: schools are educational institutions which should always take the initiative to instill correct perceptions to the students. Hence they are expected to be the forerunners to readjust students’ misconceptions as soon as possible. Comparing with time-consuming education and persuasions, rules are the most effective and efficient way to save the students from the fatty and oily diets leading to lethal obesity, isn’t it?
Moreover, students may not be mature enough to make wise choices. Facing tasty French fries, hamburger, coke, and so on, how many of them can resist the temptations and choose salads, vegetables or tomato soup? Even having learnt the importance of having balanced diets and threats of fast food, they simply ignore all the lessons and pick the more tasty ones. What’s more, many fast food stores such as MacDonald’s have their advertising campaigns targeted at children hence to raise their popularity among them. Thus, only rules can prevent the students from falling into the “well of fat”.
No doubt, everyone should be free to choose what they eat. However, absolute freedom sometimes creates tragedies. We cannot deny the innate rights students have in choosing their own food. Yet, does it mean that we should hold our arms even though when they misuse their rights? Furthermore, some may argue that rule setting is too outdated in the modern society nowadays. Education should be the key. Of course, this is certainly an...