December 12th, 2005

Expel Junk Food from School

By Gary Ruskin
Commercial Alert

Last week, a mother in Missouri sent us a partial inventory of her sonís school store. The list includes 109 different kinds of junk food. Take a look at the picture of the school store yourself.

We must do better. Our children are suffering from an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Federal restrictions on the sale of junk food in school are extremely weak. The definition of junk food is narrow. It includes only sodas, water ices, chewing gum and candies made mostly of sugar. Even worse, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture can only stop the sale of these foods during mealtimes in cafeterias—not in vending machines elsewhere in school, or school stores like the one in the picture.

The Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act is a good new solution. It will broaden the definition of junk food, and empower the USDA to stop the sale of junk food everywhere in school.

Please tell your members of Congress today to co-sponsor the bill, at:

http://hq.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/commercialalert/
campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1622

Together, we can make sure our children have the best chance to grow up healthy and strong.

Comments

  1. Posted by Ansa on January 2nd, 2006

    i agree with this article they should banned junk foods in schools

  2. Posted by cristina on January 13th, 2006

    I THINK JUNK FOOD ISBAD FOR KIDS AT ALL AGES

  3. Posted by yadira figueroa on January 16th, 2006

    i think that it is a great idea,i am a thirteen year old and i see kids who suffer from obesity because of all the junk food they are taking in school.i think banning junk food from will bring dramatic changes in a good way. school is like there home i mean they arethere the whole day just eating unhealthy food. i think parents should take control of whattheir child is eating and so should the schools. m not much of a skinny person so its not easy for me to stop eating junk food i mean i love it but i haveto admit it does affect my health.

  4. Posted by Les Eve on January 18th, 2006

    Part of the problem is the food.  But 90 perfcent of the problem is the parents and out overcrowded schools.  I run a student store that has found a good variety of healthier food. 

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