English 1020, Part Four
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Beckwood 1 Courtney Beckwood Professor Jerry English 1020 Section 2 November 13, 2015 Argument Part 4 Over the course of this paper, we were asked should junk food be allowed on middle and high school grounds. We have discussed the history of junk food, both sides of the debate along with the descriptions as of why a person would choose each sides as well as my thoughts and opinions about junk food. This final part of the paper will discuss possible proposals and actions that can be taken to resolve this issue. Although some people will propose that junk food should be completely removed from all schools because the students can become healthier, others (along with myself) propose that junk food should be at school because students can now have a choice as to whether or not they want to eat the junk food or become healthy for that time being. To some, they see junk food as a horrible thing to have at school because of the high levels of childhood obesity. They feel as if junk food has to be completely banned in order to keep children healthy and, instead, replace the unhealthy snacks and foods with something more nutritional. First lady Michelle Obama announced a proposal to ban junk food in schools. She felt as if the classrooms “should be healthy places where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food” (Obama 3) and should focus more on healthy foods like “fruits and vegetables and not chips and candy” (Obama 7) . As a result, the new USDA rules removed the advertising of junk foods in all middle and high schools and, instead, promoted physical fitness and healthier Beckwood 2 eating. More and more people would choose this side because by removing the advertisements of junk food at schools and replacing them with more physical fitness and healthier eating programs. This will change things because now, the children don’t have an option as to whether or not they want to eat junk food. Even though they think that by depriving children of this choice, they will start to become healthier. However, once they get in reach of any type of junk food, that’s all that they will crave for. For instance, in their homes, the families don’t have to abide by the policy Michelle Obama proposed because that’s only for their children’s schools. If the child lives in a home where they can’t have junk food at home along with school, once they end up in a situation where they can eat as much candy as they want, then that’s more than likely what’s going to happen because of that absence of junk food in their everyday life. To others, they see junk food as something that can somehow help children. According to health psychology professor Charlotte Markey, “I’m certainly not saying that we should load our kids up on junk food, … , but we don’t want to make it so off limits that it starts to have sort of a mystique or appeal” (Markey 7) . Completely removing junk food from children might seem like a good idea at first, but after a while, the junk food will seem appealing to them. Once they’re able to get to a situation where they can eat junk food, they will accept that challenge to the point where they can’t stop eating it. To prove this point, Markey asked parents “whether they allowed certain snacks, then brought their children into a room filled with those temptations a part of an experiment…the kids whose parents were very restrictive with snacks ate more treats than other kids and tried to ‘make up for lost time’ as soon as they had access to the ‘forbidden foods’” (Markey 8 and 9). Her experiment proved that a tight restriction on junk food will end up backfiring on the person who created or proposed the ban on it. The children will feast on the Beckwood 3 restricted junk food because they felt left out and wanted to make up for the times that they couldn’t eat those junk foods at home. This scenario also applies for the ban on junk food at school. They couldn’t eat junk food (or certain ones) at home, so if they ban junk food at school, when the opportunity for them to eat junk food unfolds to them, they will take that chance, possibly eating junk food to the point to where they are obese. One action or proposal that should come into play of my decision to let junk food into schools is to make a federal law saying that schools are allowed to have junk food, but have more classes that focus on physical fitness and healthy choices at the same time. Instead of completely removing the option to have junk food and, thus, make students see junk food as appealing, schools should have vending machines. This proposal is the better proposal than the others because students can have that choice as to whether they want to eat the junk food or focus more on health issues and how to prevent them. If they choose to focus more on healthy choices and decide not to eat junk food, then the health classes and physical fitness classes should reflect on that. These classes should include things like what people should use as a substitute for their favorite snack, making that substitute both a healthy and a tasty option to choose. Even when they decide to eat junk food, they won’t get to the point to where they’re constantly craving junk food and becoming overweight. Also, by adding a vending machine for schools who don’t have one yet, whoever comes across the vending machine can have options to both healthy and unhealthy snacks, gaining revenue from students and possibly faculty members who want both healthy and unhealthy snacks. The better proposal in this case is that schools should have the ability to keep junk food in schools, but should also teach the students to make healthy choices with schools cracking Beckwood 4 down more on health classes. With vending machines, schools will have an increase in revenue and the vending machines will show both unhealthy choices as well as healthy ones, and they should let students decide whether they want to be a healthy person for the moment or choose the unhealthy snack. Beckwood 5 Works Cited 1. Fox, Maggie. “First Lady Proposes Ban on Junk Food Marketing in Schools.” Nbcnews.com. Fox, Maggie. 25 Feb 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2015. 2. Pawlowski, A. “Why you should let your kids eat (some) junk food.” Today.com. Pawlowski, A. 26 June 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.
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