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Junk Food for Kids is Junk

There has been a promising trend among health professionals to start focusing on younger America in the current ongoing battle against obesity.

The Biggest Loser recently had a special about high school aged kids and what they're eating at school. The kids ate mostly pizza, fries and a drink called the red stuff. When asked what veggies the kids ate, the lunch lady replied, "tater tots." WTF? It's no wonder childhood obesity is on the rise.

Why do they allow this type of nutritional atrocities to happen in our schools? Why can't the lunch lady offer our kids real veggies like broccoli and carrots? It turns out the lunchroom is figuring out what big business already knows: among teens, pizza and fries sell, salads and veggies don't.

When did it become cool to eat junk food? Health officials are now working at taking the cool out of junk food (just like it has tried to do with smoking).

Want to know how? Then

The December issue of Pediatrics reported that:

Advertising represents 'big business' in the United States and can have a significant effect on young people. Advertisements can be restricted or even banned if there is significant public health risk. Cigarette and alcohol advertising would seem to fall squarely into this category, and ads for junk food could easily be restricted.

Fit's Tip: Try getting your kids to bring a lunch from home. Even better? Have them pack it (with the healthy food you have made available at home), this way they will feel a sense of responsibility about what they are putting in their bodies.

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flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
lol,scratch. i think that if the majority of parents started packing lunch for their kids, then maybe the schools would wise up. it is their responsibility but a government run institution should be the ones fattening up our kids i know he thinks you're fine and stuff but does he know how to wind you up?
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
Ketchup is a veggie thanks to Reagan.
kayc005 kayc005 9 years
I am 17 and in high school. I hate the food they serve, exept when they have chips and salsa or 100 calorie packets. Everything else is so greasy. Luckily, I am friends with the foods teacher (I don't have her class this year) who has two full size refrigerators and has 2 microwaves, so I bring lunch from home, store it before 1st period, and heat it up during lunch. But it is discusting what some kids eat - pizza and fries with FULL fat mayo..every day! I ate like this for about a year, my freshman year and I got fat. I've lost that weight, it wasn't much. But all these kids are already getting big, and some of my friends are fat from eating crappy foods all the time.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
When I was a kid, we were only permitted to purchase "hot lunch" as a special treat because it was junk. We got a calendar from school each month that listed what the meals were going to be, and we got to pick one meal to get each month. My son will be taking his lunch to school, but I think we'll use this practice on him, too.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
i think its the parents responsibility to make sure that the children are eating healthy. Do not just give your children money to buy junk. then your are just contributing to the problem. alot of low income familys are on school sponsered lunch programs and they have to eat the food provided. the budget that schools have to buy food is very limited. sometimes cafetiera food is even provided by the goverment.the state of our schools in enough to make anyone sick. i remember in middle school the most popular lunch day was when they served 'mini loafs' of bread covered in nacho cheese! it really is disgusting!
DStirk DStirk 9 years
tator tots? a veggie? that is really scary. when i was in school i always packed a lunch, even though it wasn't necc cool... now that i am older i still pack a lunch and i think it helps me control what i am putting into my bod.
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
Tots shouldn't be the only veggie available. This the first time in history that children have a lower life expectancy than their parents based on school food!! We need to step it up and take care of our future.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
Ketchup is a veggie thanks to Reagan.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I'm sure it's cheaper, buying fresh produce is expensive and goes bad quickly. Thinking back to what I ate in elementary school, it was mostly hot dogs, nachos, pizza... yuck. Glad I eat better now! But I guess the schools don't even necessarily have to buy fresh... They can purchase frozen and canned veggies/fruit and just heat it up like anything else. Sure it probably doesn't have as high of a nutrition content as the fresh stuff, but at least it's something.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I'm not sure how I feel about this. One part of me says that it's a public school and you get what you get (unfortunately), the other part of me says, "Hey parents...pack em a healthy snack so when they have lunch, they'll have something nutritious to eat." I'd be curious to know if schools by crap food cause it's cheaper. Or another option is if parents could afford to, send their child to a private school...I don't know. I do think it is sad that the numbers are rising for kids who are obese.
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