do you agree in banning junk food in school?
28 Aug 07
I agree, junk food should not be allowed in schools. Junk foods like the chippy, potato chips, cup noodles are high in salt content which damage the kidney. They cause for loss of appetite for true and healthy foods. Parents should beware their kids in consuming junk foods. I have seen young people, just teens undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure and they claim that they were fond of eating junk foods.
4 Nov 07
I want schools to ban junk food. In schools they teach that junk food is not good for health but on the other hand the teachers join with the students and eat junk food during the breaks. If the teachers like that how can one expect discipline from the students?
16 Oct 07
I certainly agree with you..a very nice post ! In my school days i too had this habit but not on daily basis but very rarely i eat this junk foods as my parents never show interest in giving money nor to take such foods rather my mom used to give me a small box with some stuffs to eat during my break..i feel this is one way in putting an end to this problem.. Moreover kids always show finger on other kids who purchase this junk food and eat and parents find it very difficult to say no..when kids ask for money and please them.. i also feel school management have also got the responsibility in banning these items from school canteen..they should not be money minded rather should consider the health of these small children..
16 Oct 07
That is a nice idea..and I think some of the schools here in metro Manila are doing that already,instead of selling junk foods they do sell good snacks in thier canteen. It will encourage kids to eat the right food so if they are being trained at the school,there would be no struggle in teaching them at home.
15 Oct 07
My grand daughter is on her preparatory level in one of the local branches of Montessori here in our place. The owner/head teacher of the school has implemented a ruling of not bringing or eating any kind of junk foods inside the school premises. To me, that is a positive action and it should be implemented too, to all schools both public and private. The truth of the matter is that they were branded junk foods because they do not give kids health benefits at all. And this goes for everybody actually. We won't get anything good from junk foods for they spoil our appetite, would cause health risks such as kidney and liver problems because of too much salt and food additives. I am supporting this kind of action the school is taking against bringing or eating junk foods in the school.
11 Oct 07
Well I would not like to ban it totally as children are at an age where they should have the liberty to eat anything and everything. As it is, we adults have a lot of restriction on our food habits and have to watch our diets every now and then. At least let our kids enjoy their childhood. The moderation should come from the parents and not the child. As parents we must teach our children how to maintain the right balance between nutritious food and snacking. For my 8yr old kid, I have a mix of both. In school lunches he usually gets snacks like chips, chocolates, sweets and such. For evening hunger pangs, I give him soup, noodles, French fries, omelets etc. but morning breakfast he has to have milk with cereals, lunch he has to have proper meal followed by a fruit and dinner is strictly wholesome food cooked at home. Sometimes, we go out to dine. If he doesn’t follow these, his snacks and other privileges like TV time goes. Also I make it a point to discuss with him how food works in our body and why we should have good food even if they don’t always taste good. The main problem in our times is our lack of time and patience. Our moms and grandmoms used to prepare such lovely dishes at home that we never felt the need to snack on junk food for the taste factor. However, these days we women seldom have the time to prepare elaborate and time-consuming snacks at home and resort to junk food as instant solution. Also after being stressed out at home and office, we parents lack the energy to stringently follow-up the food habits of our children and instead just let them be. In the course, we are ourselves teaching our children to be irrational and impatient in their outlook. Most of the times, we are indulging them to keep them engaged and off our backs and then suddenly one find day, we wake up and realize our mistake and take extreme steps like banning something. We cant ban anything just because it does not suit us…many families are dependent on the sale of these ‘junk’ food. We should involved ourselves more with our children and teach them the values of eating well and snacking at the same time. by the time they grow up, they will themselves give up most of these.
11 Oct 07
Yes, i do agree, in fact in most of our schools here, private and public junk food are not allowed in school canteens and groceries inside the school. It is no good for their health. Even adults should not also eat junk food as it is not good for their health.
11 Oct 07
I will agree to this. I have nieces who loves to eat junkfood and the result is that they lose their appetite for their meals. they end up eating unhealthy foods instead of eating veggies, meats, and rice which they need. I'm sure that in their school's canteen, there are a lot junkfoods offered because the kids love them and the school is just happy to profit from that. when I was enrolled in their school during my elementary days, even teachers sell junkfoods to their students. and a student will be sorry if they don't buy one. added to this, the school gives each section a bunch of junkfoods which they have to consume within the day and give the money back to the canteen. I remember my teacher's technique when I was in grade 5 was she tasks one student to list all those that are noisy and the punishment is to buy one junkfood. ^.^ we couldn't really complain because our minds were set that to be noisy is a sin and you have to accept the punishment whatever it is or take the wrath of our teacher.
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30 Aug 07
I don't think that the school should sell or provide junk food, but I don't think it should be banned. If I choose to put a little pack of Doritos in my son's lunch, that is my choice. It's not up to the school to decide whether my son should eat it or not. When I was a kid, lunch consisted of a sandwich, a bag of chips and some cookies or little debbie. That was pretty standard across the board. When I make my son's lunch, he has a sandwich, a nutripals bar (or some other granola or cereal bar) or raisins and "something else." That something else is generally something sweet or fun. Fruit snacks, chips, a rice krispies treat, etc. It's my choice to give that to my son. It's not up to the school to decide whether I can or not. It's up to the parents to decide whether their kids have junk food or not. The school shouldn't provide it, or the kids whose parents are against it will have access (and that will irritate the parents). If a person wants to allow their kids to have junk food, they can provide that junk food. Then they can control the amount they get to some degree.
30 Aug 07
I am not with or against it, the only question that lingers on mind is, what are JUNK foods? I believe that junks foods are those who don't have any nutritional value in it, I neve know of any food that has nothing but junk. I believe that there are foods which we can safely say are, of low value but not JUNK.
30 Aug 07
I am not against any manufacturing company, but i agree of banning junk food for the children. Children needs complete nourishment and they have to eat foods that have vitamins and minerals for them to grow healthy. Banning of junk food is good when they will do it at school only so children are force to eat solid healthy food.
28 Aug 07
I agree of banning junk food in schools. If in school, they teach kids what healthy food are, they also need to help out promote those kinds of food in the cafeteria. At least it'll lessen kids to eat junk foods and learn how to appreciate the value of healthy foods.
28 Aug 07
I do agree. Kids are already not eating healthy for the most part as it is, providing that kind of food so close by does not do any good. Having said that, and working in a school myseld, I know that kids will be eating junk no matter what. The bigger ones and the ones that go home to eat will come back with lots of candy and other stuff that they buy on their way back to school. The ones that eat in school will ask the ones that don't to bring them whatever they fancy from juicy hamburgers, to fries, to chocolates and all kinds of candy. Often these kids won't even eat the food they bring from home - that ends in the garbage can unopened sometimes. Even when they eat healthy at home there's always an appeal to eat those silly things during their lunch time at school and it's complicated to stop it - and I"m afraid banning junk food from school doesn't solve the problem completely. It's not to bad when it's balanced. WHen we see a kid eating an healthy lunch and then indulge in some candy or something, and that happens too. Usually provided by the parents which might be a good idea in some cases. But often there is no balance and we just have to hope that teaching the kids about good nutrition together with a balanced nutrition at home will help. IN the end a lot of kids will grow out of these habits as they keep growing up, but many don't.
28 Aug 07
yes i agree with you..junk foods do not help children and could make them sick..i think schools should just sell nutritious food for children..children would have no choice but to eat and liking what they can only buy inside the school canteens, so if its nutritious and healthy sure thing they will buy it when their hungry..giving them the choice to buy between healthy and not healthy food..of course they will go to the food they like so much which was junk foods..