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Talking points Should the sale of junk why junk food should be banned in school canteens food be banned in school canteens kiosks
Talking points Should the sale of junk why junk food should be banned in school canteens food be banned in school canteens kiosks
Lai Chun-ho, 12, PLK Tang Yuk Tien College Choi Nok-him, 13, SKH Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School Perhaps schools could just sell junk food on certain days of the week, but I don’t think they need to ban it entirely. 4 easy lifestyle changes to help make getting fit and staying healthy easier Yes. School is a place to educate students, therefore schools have the responsibility to teach students what how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Schools always teach students that junk food is bad for them, yet they continue to sell junk food in their canteens and kiosks. Many students don’t have time to exercise, so they really shouldn’t eat so much junk food. I think it would improve the health of students if the sale of junk food at schools was banned. Craving junk food after a bad night's sleep? Science has an explanation for that No, it shouldn’t. Doing more exercise and eating less junk food is good for your health, but it does not mean we have to stop eating junk food altogether. I think you will be fine as long as you don’t eat junk food too often. Asher Lau Ka-yan, 15, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College Talking points: Should junk food come with health warnings? Karry Sze, 17, St Francis’ Canossian College Rachel Leung, 17, St Francis’ Canossian College Futhermore, because junk food is so popular among students, school canteens and kiosks probably make a lot of money from selling those products. If the sale of junk food were banned, schools would probably lose a lot of money. They might then have to raise the prices of the healthy food, which in the end would discourage students from buying those foods. Of course not. People should have the right to eat whatever food they want. Although junk food is not healthy, there is no need for it to be banned from schools. It might only encourage students to buy junk food shops nearby and bring it back to school. The best they can do is just inform students of the health risks of eating too much junk food.
Some students might want to eat junk food because it tastes good, while others might prefer not to because it is unhealthy. Either way, students should have the freedom to choose what is best for them. Definitely. Many students enjoy eating junk food because it tastes good, but junk food is not good for people’s health. Having junk food available for purchase at school will encourage students to eat it more often and could lead to an unhealthy eating habit. discover news Hong Kong Asia Environment Global Sports lifestyle Features Health & Fitness Travel Food entertainment Movies TV Tech & Gaming Music Books advice Personal development Living Money Relationships your voice Opinion Letters to the Editors Stories & Poems Competitions video Young Post is a unit of South China Morning Post discover Overview news lifestyle entertainment advice your voice video YP Discover Your Voice Opinion Talking points: Should the sale of junk food be banned in school canteens/kiosks? Published:  5:06am, 12 Nov, 2019 Kelly Ho Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong Nicole Sze, 17, Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School Comment Copied Latest Articles Hong Kong Hong Kong school meets Covid vaccine target, returns to full-day lessons 19 mins ago News Education What do HKDSE exam candidates need to know about exam calculators? 2 hours ago Music Hong Kong Hong Kong rising R&B artist Gareth.T shares about his music journey 26 Sep, 2021 English exercises Show Off Show off photo prompt: Stuck in a plastic tube of emotion 26 Sep, 2021 Hong Kong Hot Topics Hot Topics: single-dose vaccine for Hong Kong youth aged 12 to 17 26 Sep, 2021 Listening Relationships 5-minute listening: Telling your parents about someone you met online 26 Sep, 2021 Bargo Luella Andrea, 12, why junk food should be banned in school canteens HKMA David Li Kwok Po College Yes, I do think it should be banned. Students love rushing down to their school canteen at recess to buy junk food such as curry fishballs or French fries, but these foods have little to no nutritional value and are usually high in sugar, sodium, and fat. Eating junk food regularly would be harmful to students’ health, and may eventually lead to obesity and diabetes. If schools take the initiative to ban the sale of junk food from their canteens, that would leave students with healthier snack and lunch options. If students start to eat healthily at school, they might eventually want to eat more healthily at home, too. It definitely should be. Students line up at the school kiosk for one reason: to buy something delicious to eat. Most canteens offer a range of healthy and not-so-healthy food, but of course students will go straight for the junk food. The only way to stop them from eating unhealthy food is to get rid of it. If students eat junk food too often, they could become sick. Absolutely. Junk food has zero to no nutritional value. Student’s need healthy food to grow strong. There are many additives in junk food that are bad for your health and usually high sugar and fat levels that can lead to diseases in the future. School should provide a healthy environment for students to grow up in, and I don’t think school should be contaminated with unhealthy food. Jasmine Louie, 17, St Francis’ Canossian College Schools can organise activities to teach students about the benefits of having a balanced diet, but it should ultimately be up to students what they eat, not schools, because their health is their responsibility. Banning junk food would take away their freedom to choose what they eat. Schools have no right to stop students from eating junk food; I mean, it isn’t drugs or alcohol! I think it should be because schools have a responsibility to promote a healthy lifestyle. Banning the sale of junk food would push students to eat more healthily, which in turn should make them healthier. Moreover, research has shown that junk food may cause behavioural problems in children such as poor concentration and hyperactivity. Banning junk food should reduce students’ unhealthy food intake and improve their health and overall behaviour. No, I don’t think so. Students should be able to buy junk food from their school. A lot of parents give their children money to buy snacks during recess, so they can save time rather than going to the grocery store. Yes, I know junk food is unhealthy, but is it necessary to eat healthily all the time? I don’t think so. Yu Yat-hei, 12, PLK Tang Yuk Tien College In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss: 5 ‘healthy’ foods that are actually not good for you: Sports drinks, froyo, low-fat dressing and more W e are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie , to by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line. Yes, students will still be able to buy junk food outside of school, but not seeing junk food in their school canteen or kiosk might make them eventually crave junk food less. why shouldn't schools ban junk food