Anna Becker 7 Fordal road Bronxville, NY 10708DateDear David DiNuzzo:Hi, my name is Anna Becker. Although there are many diverse opinions on junk food the cons to junk food have lead me to believe junk food is bad, and we should have different yet more healthy food choices in our school cafeteria. Despite the difficulty to resist junk food, it can cause obesity, it makes health care expensive, and junk food can cause depression for teenagers Fox News says that 30% of our population is obese. When 30% of our population is obese we know there is something wrong. Junk food is one of the main causes for obesity. Timothy Philen is an author, former advertising creative director, and frequent contributor to The Washington Times. He said that “The food and beverage industry spends about $2 billion a year targeting kids, often with ads for sugary drinks and junk food that are high in fat, sugar, and salt.” This quote explains that when sales people try to persuade kids into buying these satisfying yet unhealthy foods, most kids will give in! Experts say it works: children who see food ads consume 45 percent more food than children who don’t, and they eat fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
” Even experts say that junk food is the main contribution to obesity. Adding on, there are many children in the world and think about it, 1 out of every 6 children will be/are obese. And a way to help the number 1 go to 0 out of 6 is to eliminate some of the junk food out of our school cafeteria and replace it with more healthy alternatives. (survey of what a child will get at lunch in our school cafeteria at bottom.) Junk food is a high cost poor nutrition option that can lead to deadly conclusions. When you consume it you are more likely to: have type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, strokes and many more life threatening illnesses/diseases. On average Americans will spend an astonishing number of $3.2 trillion dollars on healthcare per year.
A big portion of that number comes from people who are obese or consume to much junk food. We can help the huge amount of money we pay for healthcare. On the other hand junk food is a very inexpensive option, however if you pay an extra dollar or two on a meal this could help your health, the way you feel, and the amount of money you could potentially pay for healthcare. Finally my last reason as to why junk food is bad for people is because it can cause depression in teenagers.
There are a lot of hormonal changes in a teenagers body, which can lead to mood swings and other behavioral changes. An good diet is an important part in keeping the hormonal balance. When children consume junk food they aren’t maintaining a healthy diet because there are no essential nutrients in junk food such as chips, burgers, fries, candy and other unhealthy foods. Jennipher Walters an article publisher makes it clear that the probability of teenagers to suffer from depression is expanded by 58%.
Eating junk food occasionally is not a bad thing, however when you are eating junk food on a daily basis (like our cafeteria serves) you are more likely to be unhappy/depressed. On the other hand of everything, many people agree that junk food is very good and very hard to resist. Nicholas Barakar New York Times Publisher stats that 34% of kids eat junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If kids live off of junk food it must taste so good! Well the reason we are so addicted to junk food is because humans prefer very high levels of salt, and sugar in their foods. Also, when you eat some like a piece of junk food your brain will remember how good you felt while eating that junk food, and your brain will tell you to keeps eating it. That’s why junk food is very hard to resist. Little do people who consume so much junk food realize how bad it can be for you. Those people only think about how good it tastes/feels.
Although many people will agree that junk food tastes very good, what it does to your body doesn’t taste very good. Because junk food can cause obesity, make health care very expensive, and cause depression I believe that adding healthier options to our school cafeteria can help people even the smallest bit. Even if that means exchanging cookies for bananas, or carrots, or any other healthy food.
A small change can go a long way.