Will An App A Day Keep Junk Food Away?

Is the ban on junk food actually causing students to make healthier dietary choices? Or would they be better off learning from a nutrition app?

School administrators have really been cracking the whip on personal health lately! Many schools have even banned junk food from being sold within the institution. Dorito’s and Smarties in the vending machines have been replaced with apple chips and Kashi bars.

It’s kind of like students and texting; just because they aren’t allowed, doesn’t mean they won’t find a way to do it. If they can’t get junk food from school anymore, they can still walk to the nearest restaurant, or bus to the mall to have McDonald’s.

I’m not sure if banning junk food altogether is the best way to teach healthy eating. Want to eat healthier? There are over 1,200 apps for that. The latest apps help you lose weight, eat more vegetables, and even show you which foods to buy at your favorite fast food joints.

At least with a nutrition app students are empowered to make their own informed choices. We can only hope that they learn from the results.

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)