Teenage Health Crisis
News programs constantly report that rates of high blood pressure and diabetes type 2 are soaring in teenagers. Could all the junk food available at school be contributing to this epidemic of poor health in teenagers? Why do schools keep the cafeteria and the halls stocked with junk food vending machines that pump high doses of sugar, fat, and salt into teenagers day in and day out?
Will the trend of serious disease in teenagers continue to be a mandate to President Obama and Congress to outlaw junk food in all public schools in America?
Right now it seems that some school districts are putting profits before the health of the students. School districts make a lot of money off the junk food sold in vending machines throughout the school. Should they be forced to get rid of the machines, and find a more positive way to do fund raising?
Do school districts make decisions based on finances or do they truly put the well being and health of the students first? The obesity epidemic in teenagers is a true national health crisis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2006 “32% of states prohibited junk food machines in schools."Also, “In 2006, 77% of high schools sell soda … and 61% sell salty snacks not low in fat."The CDC also indicates that “Only 2% of high schools provided daily physical education or its equivalent for the entire school year for students in all grades."
So it seems most public schools are still full of junk food machines and students do not get their physical education classes regularly. Does America need to work on making public schools healthy again?