Source: Associated Press
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
A bill to prohibit junk food sales in elementary schools and restrict them in higher grades
passed the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday after it was amended to delay the ban until 2007.
Pushed by the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition, a private group made up mostly of health professionals, the bill barring the sale of soft drinks and low nutritional snack items tackles the growing problem of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among young people.
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1. Do you agree or disagree with the idea of banning junk food in public schools?
2. Should people have the right to consume whatever they want, even if it might be harmful to them?
3. Are school children mature enough to make their own decisions about what they will eat?
4. Who is most responsible for teenagers’ health?
(the kids themselves, their parents, school teachers and administrators, the government)
5. Should schools be allowed to accept money from businesses in exchange for promoting their products?
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