Did you know that unhealthy foods can create many problems and even death? This is horrible! Unhealthy foods are foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and cholesterol. Also, unhealthy foods can be treats and sweets that have a lot of sugar in them. We need to ban unhealthy foods in schools. Although some people believe that the unhealthy foods that schools serve can be good for your heart, the food creates health problems, kids get in the habit of eating it,  it can cause changes in your body that lead to depression, and finally, the food harms the environment. 

Unhealthy Foods Cause Health Problems

First, we need to ban unhealthy food in schools because it creates health problems. The article, “Unhealthy School Lunches Not Making the Grades,” by Amanda Ray says that unhealthy foods are “processed foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt.” According to the Department of Health and Social Care, unhealthy foods create obesity, and “it can lead to several serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.” It can increase the risk of getting diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high atherosclerosis, and maybe even death. Additionally, unhealthy foods can weaken your bones and make it easier for them to break. Additionally, article 13 Effects of Fast Foods on the Body by Natalie Butler says that unhealthy foods can severely weaken your bones. Also, unhealthy foods are terrible for your brain and can cause you to do something crazy like hurt or even kill someone. This is terrible. Why should we eat unhealthy foods when it hurts and kills people? Why are we harming ourselves by eating unhealthy foods when there is real food that we can eat? 

Unhealthy Foods are Addictive

Second, we need to ban unhealthy foods in schools because people get in the habit of eating it, which can lead to problems later in life. For example, when kids eat unhealthy foods, they just want more and more. If they eat unhealthy foods as they get older, they can get numerous diseases and even die early when they are still young. They just keep eating and eating and eating. For example, registered nutritionist Tamara Willner states that people “keep coming back for more, even when our bodies are trying to tell us to stop.” This is what we don’t want. We need to ban unhealthy foods in schools and possibly limit these foods all around the world. McDonald’s is so popular and they have their restaurants all over, but people don’t realize it is bad. Kids will just keep eating unhealthy foods every day because they think it is right. They had it every day in school, so why would it be wrong? Well, it causes many types of serious health issues, even death. We do not want to die just for eating unhealthy foods.  

Unhealthy Foods Lead to Depression

Third, we need to ban unhealthy foods in schools because it causes changes in your body that lead to depression. Due to an element in unhealthy food, people can get sad or mad or even feel like something is wrong. You might not appreciate everything you have and you might want to eat something else after you have unhealthy food. If people are in a bad mood then it can spread to other people and soon enough, everybody in the world could be sad or in a bad mood. You can also change behaviors and act in negative ways, like throwing things around and hitting people. For example, an article on MSN indicates that “[a] lot of hormonal changes take place in teenagers which makes them susceptible to mood swings and behavioral changes.” People can get mad for other reasons, but not just because they eat unhealthy foods.  We need to ban unhealthy foods so people can be happier 

Unhealthy Foods Harm Environment 

Fourth, we need to ban unhealthy food in schools because it threatens the environment, though many people don’t realize this.  Think about all the preparation that people do to get all this food ready—all the packaging is harming the environment. For example, an article on MultiBriefs adds that “[t]he transportation, packaging, and emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) during the preparation of fast foods, along with the high percentage of wastage involved in unhealthy foods, are too high for us to ignore.” Harming the environment is horrible and we need to ban unhealthy foods in schools. People could become extinct, and one of the main causes would be deaths from unhealthy foods and pollution in the environment. If people don’t care about their health, then they should at least care for the environment. 

Pro of Unhealthy Foods

Some people might say unhealthy foods are good for the heart. For example, an article titled Junk Food Can Actually Be Good states, “A recent study has proved that certain unhealthy foods contain good amounts of antioxidants and they can, in fact, be good for the heart. While it isn’t recommended that one thrive on these foods, indulging in some of them, in the limit, of course, may do you a whole lot of good.” For example, also according to Junk Food Can Actually Be Good, “Dark chocolate contains high amounts of antioxidants. It helps to lower the blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease as well if you eat around 100 grams a day.” While eating unhealthy foods could be good for your heart, unhealthy foods are addictive and once you eat it, you want more. You will be eating too many unhealthy foods and then you can get heart diseases and other health issues that I explained earlier.  Also, not all unhealthy foods are good for the heart—in fact, most unhealthy foods are bad for the heart. We need to ban unhealthy foods in schools. 

It is Time to Ban Unhealthy Foods

Now, do you realize why we need to ban unhealthy foods in schools? Kids wouldn’t get in the habit of eating unhealthy foods every day when they are older and they might only eat it every so often, which is okay. Since unhealthy food isn’t banned, kids and adults are dying because they eat it. It is time to ban unhealthy foods. It is time to save people. It is time to save the environment. We need to ban unhealthy foods in schools!

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