Bad Food? Tax It Subsidize Vegetables

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America, the land of the Twinkie, home of the Big Mac. A place where you can freely and inexpensively treat you taste buds only at the expense of your health. If you want greasy processed foods, or artificially flavored sugary drinks, you can very well do that and at a cheap price too. Never mind your clogged arteries and failing heart, that’s why we have health insurance right? Mark Bittmans article "Bad Food? Tax it, Subsidize Vegetables" (July 23rd 2011) argues that the junk food companies have a huge advantage over the more healthy companies when it comes to manufacturing, prices, advertisements, and convenience. Bittman supports his claims by listing many different statistics on the decline of the American Diet, obesity and diabetes…show more content…
School is a place where kids have to be, from when the are small toddlers to teenagers getting ready to be adults in the real world. The purpose of school is to educate, and built skills and use tools, and even create good habits to help them succeed in life after school. So the question is, why aren't schools today doing far more to create a more healthy knowledge about what's good and bad for their students. If schools started early in elementary schools, kids would have had a much better chance at having exceptional heathy eating habits made. Furthermore we must question the motives of why maybe efforts havent really been made to educate the young people in our schools about living a healthy lifestyle. Could it be a money factor that maybe if the schools sold only primarily healthy food at lunch kids wouldn’t bother to buy lunch and the schools would be losing money? At Liberty High School greasy pizza is sold at lunch every single day. Simple changes to the lunch schedule during the week would limit the amount off unhealthful foods that students are consuming on a weekly basis. Lets say they serve pizza every other day, that’s still an improvement. They could even go back to how some middle schools did lunch. At Excelsior middle school pizza was served only once a week on a Wednesday. Besides just the physical availability of the unhealthy food its self lets take a look at the more educational…show more content…
Health class covers a wide variety of personal health information and is quite useful. However Obesity and Heart failure related deaths are leading at number one for the biggest killer. Don’t you think students should know that. There should be more concrete hard truths revealed to all the students before they go back out and get a greasy slice of pizza in the lunch line every day at lunch. Should these facts scare them? Maybe, considering these types of death are PREVENTABLE! Over 300,000 preventable deaths a year. Yes it very well is scary. Students need to know good eating habits so they can truly choose right from wrong when it comes to eating each day. Its not that they shouldn’t be allowed to eat very tasty unhealthy food, but they shouldn’t be doing that every single day in access, and schools are responsible for giving them information and tools to make better
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