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Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 24th 2009, 01:46 AM

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(Newser) – Students are more likely to be obese when their schools are located within a tenth of a mile of fast-food restaurants, researchers found. In a study of more than a million California ninth-graders over 8 years, they found that the incidence of obesity at schools near the restaurants was 5.2% higher than the state average, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“Fast food offers the most calories per price compared to other restaurants, and that’s combined with a high temptation factor,” said a member of the research team, which concluded that cities worried about kids’ obesity might want to ban fast-food restaurants close to schools. “I know it’s not very good for you, but I eat it because that is the closest place to school,” said one student.
This honestly does not surprise me. It's easy, fast, and close. However, I can't see myself eating that after school everyday. I couldn't afford to, for the first fact of the matter.


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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 24th 2009, 02:25 AM

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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 24th 2009, 02:37 AM

I stopped eating fast food regularly several years ago. Now, on the rare occasions I eat it when out with friends, my body gets pissed at me and I feel like shit for a couple of hours. For the most part, it has no nutritional value and is little more than slow acting poison. In this case the poison is excessive amounts of fat. If a person is very active they won't see as much of a buildup of fat, but it is that combo of high fat low exercise that is doing it.

High schools are definitely not helping with this problem. The school I went to served lunches that were no better than fast food. Nothing but fried meats, potatoes, and cheeses. Soda machines right outside the lunchroom. On top of that, students aren't even encouraged to exercise in gym. The activities they had us do were so lacking in rigor that even when I was heavier I didn't break a sweat.
   
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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 24th 2009, 11:41 AM

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My school is about a mile from the main drag with all of the fast food joints on it. Therefore, anyone who wants food has to drive there and back, which is rather discouraging when they're on GDL or gas is so expensive. Besides, our lunch periods usually aren't long enough to allow for a lot of students to go out and come back in time.


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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 24th 2009, 11:29 PM

Well no-ones shoving the food in their mouths. Maybe they should just tell the kids to practise a little self-control rather than blaming the fast food restaurants. And i don't buy the whole, "oh its cheaper to eat fast food." No, if you're careful with where you shop and how, then it's not much cheaper at all.


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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 12:52 AM

Fast food just links poor people to obesity. Sad
   
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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 12:54 AM

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Well no-ones shoving the food in their mouths. Maybe they should just tell the kids to practise a little self-control rather than blaming the fast food restaurants. And i don't buy the whole, "oh its cheaper to eat fast food." No, if you're careful with where you shop and how, then it's not much cheaper at all.
I agree. Have you noticed how most of the people complaining are parents and schools, I suspect this is because they can't be bothered to teach self-control
   
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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 01:05 AM

This really doesn't surprise me. When I was in highschool, I ate fast food after school almost everyday. Now that I'm in uni, and can't afford it, I've lost major weight. It's convenient so people are going to eat it.


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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 01:20 AM

My school definitely doesn't do enough about this. They say they're going to put 'healthy' food in the caf- and they do to a certain extent (very little fruit, some sandwiches)- but most of it is french fries, pizza, fried meat, and greasy noodle junk. There are restaurants close by that students go to as well.
I see nothing wrong with bringing a lunch from home. I prefer choosing what goes into my body.


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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 01:48 AM

KFC... *drool* They just had to put a picture of KFC on the article, now I am just craving for KFC food... Too bad they are not open until 2AM like McDonalds is.
   
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Re: Student Obesity Jumps in Schools Near Fast-Food Joints - March 25th 2009, 10:57 PM

This makes me have a lot of respect for my school. One, we're located in a suburban neighborhood, so there isn't a fast-food joint within a tenth of a mile. (:

Secondly, the sandwich bar at our school is so popular that you often sit down to eat halfway through the lunch period if you order one. We also have a hot lunch line, which has some sort of main course along with a vegetable or two, as well as a salad bar. Yes, we do have fast foods, but they're priced higher than everything else so kids will make more conscientious eating decisions. There's also labels next to all the foods & prices list telling you what's healthy and what isn't - red for junk, yellow for moderate, green for healthy.

Best of all... there are very few ridiculously overweight kids in my school. The majority of people that I see on a daily basis are slim to average. Which makes me happy, because most overweight people disgust me. (I don't mean to start a controversial debate on here from that last statement and I apologize if I offended anyone who IS overweight.)


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