Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 07:06 Thursday, 08 March 2012 07:03
Schools should be able to provide healthy foods to all of their students, not only for their own state of being, but actually make it a lifestyle.
Some teenagers may ask, “What’s so important about nutrition? I eat whatever I want and I’m still pretty thin.” In today’s society, students just seem to be apathetic about a healthy lifestyle and not chary about the harm it is causing their bodies. Fortunately, some them may be thin, and believe their healthy, but looks can be deceiving and others may only be fooled by what the eye can see, but not by what the body can feel.
The problem with fast food, is it actually makes us consume 65% more food. (Freiboth) Basically meaning its energy density is a lot higher than the typical healthy meal. Now, don’t get too excited. Energy density isn’t like those heart pumping energy drinks which in some cases may give one that extra boost of energy before a workout, but rather the amount of calories that meal contains. When this happens, the brain gets confused about the proper portion it should consume. The irony in all of this, is calories are supposed to give energy, but an over consumption of “empty” calories, just leave one indolent and lethargic. Overconsumption mainly does the opposite in this case.
There have been numerous research groups who have conducted studies and experiments on patients who have been consuming foods from fast food chains such as McDonalds. And the results weren’t surprising, but rather expected. Research groups indeed found out that high energy density foods do nothing more than increase our appetite, and thus lead to weight gain. The biggest adversity to fast food is its long term affects. It can clog arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can be hard. Especially after seeing no fervent excitement or motivation behind it. A lot of times, teenagers may feel subconscious and insecure about their bodies due to their self image. Teenage years are filled with constant pressures to look their best and act a certain way. And sometimes, when they look at themselves in the mirror, they don’t see the image everyone else wants them to be. When they see that, they have no ebullience inside, but rather sadness and discomfort, which is why they’ll turn to food. And school by no means should be the place to get that negative support from.
Once healthy lifestyles are set, children will gain that ardent sense of vitality, where their not just living day by day, but living with an effervescent motivation that can take them anywhere in school. Having a fit body isn’t about serving miniscule meals, but instead heart healthy grains, fresh fruits, and lavish amounts of green leafy vegetables. Once students lead a healthy lifestyle, they’ll be able to maintain a healthy weight. And it isn’t only at home, but it should be lead in school as well.
As teenagers, many of us don’t even understand what a healthy meal truly consists of. Were distracted by the media and are extremely heedful at the latest celebrity trends and weight loss secrets. When in reality, we should mainly be wary about getting an equal balance of everything. Truth of the matter, a large amount of teens have at least been on some sort of diet. What their not realizing, is its actually causing more harm than good to their bodies. Once some of the weight is gone, the teens cannot keep this diet forever, and will tend to go back to their regular eating habits, and thus gain the weight back.
Nutrition is all about moderation. Once one finds that equal balance they’ll be able to . stay healthy and fit. Now, alas we’ll talk about how a healthy living can affect alertness, stamina, and promptness in the classroom. Statistics efficaciously show that teens who consume a well rounded breakfast tend to perform better at school than those who don’t. It’s vitally important to get a healthy balance of different foods from the food pyramid.
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