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City schools battle junk food

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BENGALURU: Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are now complying with instructions in a recently-issued circular, which asked them to ensure no junk food is provided or sold in the premises.

Officials of Holy Christ School take the initiative to ensure that children get their tiffin boxes and avoid consuming junk food. Julie, Principal of Holy Christ School said, “Teachers have been asked to observe what the students bring to school and speak to parents and students right eating habits, if they bring junk food.”

Parents have welcomed this instruction and are willing to spend more time packing nutritious lunch for their kids. Hema Pandey, parent of a student from Holy Christ, said that she is happy with the step that the school has taken and no longer worries about her daughter’s unfinished tiffin.

Junk food can be appealing for a variety of reasons but would affect the health of the kids and lead to complications like obesity, chronic illness, low self-esteem and even depression, as well as affecting how they perform in school and extracurricular activities.

According to Roslyan, a nutritionist, Junk food and foods with high sugar content deplete energy levels and the ability to concentrate for an extended period of time. Energy and focus are especially crucial for school-going children. They should avoid consuming junk food in order to enjoy a good health and happy life.”

Tina Bibeiro
I MA Comm

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