“Junk Food and It’s Health Effect”
The word junk food speaks itself a lot and indicates its harmful nature to the health. Junk foods are trash food to the health because they are high in calorie, fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt components. Nowadays kids and teenagers are more prone to eat junk foods. Our students also show this increased interest for junk foods in their requests when they ask to provide chawmin, burger, pizza, pasta, noodles and other junk foods in school. Department of Home Science realized that no junk foods are beneficial and provide no nutritional value. Although in school curricular we are providing awareness about healthy and unhealthy food and their effect on health.
For creating more awareness department of Home Science has organized a talk on “Junk Food and its health effect” on 20th January 2018 by Freedman, Marjorie Professor, Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging. Marjorie Freedman, MS, PhD, is a Professor at San Jose State University. She received her degrees from UC Davis, and has worked in the field of nutrition for over 30 years. Prior to coming to SJSU, Dr. Freedman worked in the food industry, for a non-profit educational company, and as a nutrition consultant for private businesses, lawfirms, and individuals.
As Manager, Scientific Affairs for The NutraSweet Company, Freedman traveled throughout the US and abroad educating health care professionals about the safety and benefits of the high-intensity sweetener NutraSweet (aspartame). As the VP of Education for INR, a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to education in the fields of health and nutrition, she prepared curriculum on a wide variety of topics, including weight loss, obesity, diabetes, performance nutrition, memory and cognition, cardiovascular health, alternative medicine, mental health, and women’s health. Freedman presented over 650 seminars to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada on these and other topics.
The talk was organized in the school auditorium for students of class 4th to 8th and Home Science students of class XI. Talk was conducted for one hour. The talk was organized and conducted very well, she facilitated her talk with the discussion and demonstration of common junk food our students consume. The length of the talk was perfect. The Talk covered the following headings.
- Why do we like junk food
- Nutritional aspect of junk food and healthy food
- How parents can be involved in changing food behavior of young one.
Students and teachers have enjoyed the talk. Department of home science will look forward to organize more workshops and talks in future.
Head of the department
Mrs. Varisha Bari