What is Eating Healthy?

By Mindy Larios

In 2004, Morgan Spurlock created a documentary film called Supersize Me, where he only ate McDonald’s for 30 days. The experiment consisted of fully eating three McDonald meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, consuming every item on the McDonald’s menu at least once over the course of the 30 days (he managed this in nine days), and only ingesting items that are offered on the McDonald’s menu, including bottled water. His experiment was not only entertaining, but it reflected the reality of the foods we consume.

To begin with, we all love junk food: hamburgers, pizza, french fries, chips, etc. We find these foods    very delicious and often inexpensive which can become extremely addicting to our eating habits. For instance, In-N-Out offers a double-double patty burger for only $4.50. But no matter how mouthwatering these foods are, they arnot healthy for our body. Junk food is a group of food high in calories, low in nutrients, and usually contain harmful synthetic ingredients. Fast foods contain a large number of calories because it is made with large amounts of grease which the body later stores as fat. Although fat is necessary for the body to function, too much of it can lead to issues. We all know what happens to our body if we consume too much fast food; obesity. Obesity not only affects your physical appearance, it gives serious and life threatening health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and cancer cells. In some cases, these health problems can be fatal. Overall, eating at Mcdonald’s, In-N-Out, or any other fast food restaurant is okay as long as you monitor how much of it you eat.

Secondly, aside from fast food, many APB students don’t eat breakfast and/or lunch. Although the school offers breakfast and lunch, many students choose not to receive it. Many might not put any importance to this matter, but skipping meals that your body requires is not harmless. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Medical studies show that students who eat breakfast have more energy throughout the day and are likely to focus in class, instead of falling asleep. Eating breakfast focuses students on their schoolwork instead of thinking about food and their stomachs grumbling because they’re too hungry. Most students agree that the reason they don’t eat food is because they run out of time. Sophomore Esmeralda Garcia said, “I run out of time to eat breakfast and I don’t eat lunch either because I rather hang out with friends.” Nevertheless, it’s important to at least grab a fruit or granola bar to keep your stomach full. The school also offers a variety of delicious breakfast foods such as animal crackers, cereal, coffee cake, and many other choices. On the other hand, the excuse most students give for not eating lunch is because they don’t like what is served. As mentioned earlier, it’s essential to at least grab a fruit or bring your own lunch to avoid feeling hungry or having stomach aches.

 

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