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Teens face tough food choices

By Ashlee Harper, Deer Creek High School Published: May 11, 2009
“They serve French fries everyday.”

Marissa Conway, a freshman at Deer Creek High School has noticed that French fries are often on her cafeteria’s menu.

She and other students throughout the area have all agreed that the choices of healthy food are disappearing.

“I think it’s hard for teens to eat healthily because instead of going outside and exercising, we eat,” said Mallory Redwine, another freshman at Deer Creek. “We also eat when we are bored or nervous. Once we start eating something unhealthy, we usually get addicted to it. We eat on the go and snack on junk food instead of eating a meal.”

Fast food is a major issue when trying to have a healthy and nutritious diet. Instead of home cooked meals, many Americans revert to fast food when on a tight schedule.

Eat This Not That, a book written by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding, is designed to help people find the healthiest choices, even when it comes to fast food.

Americans consumer 450 calories just from our beverages each day, which almost twice as much as 30 years ago, according to Eat This Not That. That about 23 pounds a year we have to either work off or carry around. While beverages are more fattening, so is our meat.

“The average piece of chicken has 266 percent more fat than it did in 1971, while its protein content has dropped by a third,” writes David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding in their book.

Another thing teens struggle with is portion sizes.

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