Fast foods are popular in the United States. Most people consider fast foods to be cheaper than most healthy foods. At the same time, many families introduce their kids to fast foods at a very young age, while many people believe that fast foods taste better than normal foods. However, despite the possible benefits, which can be obtained from fast foods, these type of meals pose several negative health effects on kids, thereby justifying the fact that such foods should not be allowed in schools.
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First and foremost, fast foods cause obesity among kids. Most fast foods are often prepared using ingredients containing a lot of cholesterol, sugars and other harmful compounds. Such compounds usually cause harmful diseases such as diabetes, cancer, blood pressures and depression. Consequently, children consuming a lot of fast foods are usually less active in both academic and co-curriculum activities. This happens because such kids often feel tired and fatigued most of the time. Unfortunately, kids experiencing these challenges usually have unfriendly relationships with their teachers. As a result, they often develop a negative attitude towards academics, a scenario, which causes poor academic performance among these children in the long run.
Fast foods have poor nutritional content. Most fast food products do not contain the basic nutrients in the right proportion. For example, fried chips do not often contain enough proteins. In addition, most fast foods contain a lot of sugars and fats. Such high fat content in fast foods make people consuming such foods tired and fatigued. Moreover, high fat content in the fast foods may lead to serious complications such as heart failure in the long run. In other words, those children who begin consuming fast foods at a young age are likely to develop serious health problems when they eventually become adults.
Fast foods are also more costly compared to other school food. This is the case because such foods contain a lot of fats, sugars and other ‘costly’ ingredients. In addition, excessive fast food consumption affects the immune system. As a result, children consuming a lot of fast foods are often more susceptible to other diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Therefore, fast foods have negative cost implications. Overall, fast foods are expensive, while the society is often forced to spend a considerable amount of money to offer medical services to kids suffering from diseases such as obesity.
Moreover, permitting the sale of fast foods in schools affects the social cohesion in schools. As it was mentioned before, fast foods are more expensive compared to normal foods. Therefore, not everyone is able to afford such foods. Such scenario creates a negative division, disharmony and inequality between children from poor families and those from wealthy backgrounds. Unfortunately, such inequality usually causes emotional disturbance and low self esteem among kids from poor families. In some cases, poor children usually resort to illegal activities such as stealing money that would enable them buy fast food products. In this regard, allowing the sale of fast foods in schools contributes to possible crimes.
Permitting the sale of fast foods in schools promotes unhealthy eating habits among children. In fact, a school is an important social unit in the society. The personality and lifestyle of school kids is often influenced by teachers, children community, and other factors of the school environment. This is because children often get introduced to eating habits and other aspect of their lifestyles at school. Therefore, allowing fast foods to be sold in school would encourage the society to consume fast foods. The government spends a lot of money to educate the society on the negative impacts of fast foods. Similarly, the government incurs a lot of expenses to provide medical services to the patients suffering from obesity and cancer.
However, those supporting the sale of fast foods in schools argue that such foods enable kids to change home diets. Fast food proponents claim that children should be allowed to make their personal choices on what to eat. Based on such argument, allowing school kids to buy fast food is perceived to shape them to be more responsible and better decision makers. Fast foods proponents further argue that schools can be empowered to prepare healthy fast foods, which do not have adverse health effects on kids. Interestingly, it is argued that prohibiting the supply of fast foods in schools affects the forces of demand and supply in the economy. Based on such argument, allowing children to buy fast foods will facilitate forces of demand and supply to function; thereby, enhancing optimal resource allocation in the economy.
To conclude, fast foods should not be allowed in schools. Permitting the sale of fast foods in schools has several negative implications in the society. For example, fast foods increase the cases of obesity among kids, fast foods are more expensive compared to healthy foods, and affect the kids’ academic performance. Obesity related to fast foods may also affect the self esteem of kids; consequently, affecting the social interactions and harmony within school environments. Therefore, allowing the sale of fast foods in schools contributes to unhealthy eating culture and, possibly, increased crime rates.