The journey of a thousand pounds begins with a single burger. – Chris O’ Brien. According to University Hospitals, McDonald’s sells an average of 75 hamburgers every second. This means, 270,000 per hour. Imagine if every single student of a school ate fast food daily. The percentage of obesity in the U.S. would rise. Which means, more and more obesity every day. There should NOT be fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell in schools because: when children eat too much fast food, their ability to learn decreases; children who don’t do sports would be fatter every day; and children don’t really know how much fat fast food has.
The first reason schools should not offer fast food options is that when children eat too much fast food, their ability to learn decreases. Dr. Kelly Purtell led a study at Ohio State University that states that fast food may slow the brain. Fast food lacks of iron, which leads to a slower brain development. About 8,000 schoolchildren were given a test. It’s a proven fact that children who ate the most fast food were likely to have worse scores in math, science, and reading, than those who consumed less. Less than 30% of the children don’t eat fast food daily. This means that the other 70% eat fast food frequently. Research shows that children who didn’t eat fast food daily, got higher grades in reading, science, and math. As you can see, fast food affects children’s rate of academic improvement. Fast food has too much fat and sugar which makes you feel tired. So, if fast food is served in schools, the children who consume it will feel too tired for paying attention in class. (Svokos, Alexandra; 1-2)
The second reason why schools shouldn’t offer fast food options is because children who don’t exercise themselves often, can become obese. Around 12.7 million children in the United States are obese. Fast food makes you feel tired so children are lazy to do exercise. These numbers prove that there are millions of obese children who can’t control their eating because of addiction. According to Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, too much fast food leads to overeating even if the person is not hungry. Excessive weight gain leads to diabetes, obesity, and poor eating habits. (Derocha, Grace; 1)
There was a man who did a 30-day challenge of going to McDonald’s for all of his meals. Before the challenge, he was a fit, skinny, and healthy man. After the 30 days, he became obese and was close to death. Many of the fast food options contain a lot of grease which also makes your body feel tired. This shows us that when children are tired because of the greasy food, they won’t want to do sports. Fast food contains processed ingredients which are hard to digest. Fast food also contains a lot of fat. Consequently, children who don’t do sports and eat fast food daily, are more likely to have diabetes type 2. (Corey; 1)
According to McDonald’s website a single Big Mac has 540 calories, and 46 grams of carbs. Everyone should consume about 2,000 calories a day and, if you eat a big mac, you already consumed about ¼ of what you need to consume throughout the whole day. An order of large fries in McDonald’s contains 510 calories, and 66 grams of carbs. Just by eating a Big Mac, and large fries, you have already wasted about ½ of the percentage of the calories you need to consume daily.
Some may argue that schools should offer fast food options because students have the opportunity to choose between more stuff. Some students who don’t like what they have for lunch, just throw it away and go along with the day without having lunch. All students should have lunch in order for them not to be hungry during class. Fast food should be allowed in schools because it is the student’s responsibility to not overeat or eat too much fat.
This may be true, but children aren’t conscious of the fat fast food has. Older students can think: “if I just eat it three times a week it isn’t bad” which only makes them convince themselves that “it won’t affect”. However, once you get used to it, and you notice you don’t want it anymore, it is already too late. It has become an addiction and addictions are really hard to get over with.
The third reason why children shouldn’t have fast food as an option in school, is that children don’t really know how much fat it contains. Fast food is very appealing for children. However, they don’t always understand the health consequences. 7-10 year old boys won’t care about the fat and the grease and all of that stuff. They just eat it because it is what is served to them and if they are hungry, “they should eat whatever is served”. Children won’t really understand that thanks to fast food, a person can become obese, have diabetes, have chronic- illness, major risk factor of heart and stroke, etc. When a child asks for something they like to eat, for example McDonald’s, a parent would give it to them because “how do you say no to that little cute face”. Consequently, while parents don’t know how to say no, their children will keep eating fast food without being conscious of the health risks. (Eating Fast Food; 1)
In conclusion, there should not be fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell in schools because children don’t understand the health risks such as: obesity, chronic- illness, heart attacks, diabetes, etc. allowing fast food in schools can also cause children not to have good grades, their ability to learn decreases, and they are more likely not to pay attention in class. The last reason why schools should not allow fast food options is because children who don’t do exercise on a daily basis, are likely to become obese.