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In today’s culture, food is often judged by its convenience and taste. Processed and fast foods are quick and easy, and taste fairly good. Children especially enjoy fast food and packaged snacks. But while this may seem a good solution to the fast-paced society we live in, it is actually a dangerous habit. 15% of children ages 6-19 are overweight, and the number is growing (Back to School). Even if a child is not obese, he often does not eat healthy and faces the danger of becoming overweight. One of the main culprits in this problem is the food that children eat. Processed and preserved foods and fast food negatively affect elementary-aged children’s health and future lifestyle.
Processed and fast foods are also known as convenience foods because they are easy to obtain. The refining process they go through and the additives put in is what makes these foods unhealthy. “Refining destroys and devitalizes most of the food’s goodness” (Jordan 1). The Health Department still allows food to be bleached, even though there is a toxic effect.
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