junk food


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junk food

Prepackaged snack food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value; also, anything attractive but negligible in value. For example, Nell loves potato chips and other junk food, or When I'm sick in bed I often resort to TV soap operas and similar junk food. [c. 1970]
See also: food, junk

junk food

n. food that is typically high in fats and salt and low in nutritional value; food from a fast-food restaurant. Junk food tastes good no matter how greasy it is.
See also: food, junk
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There were no adverse effects on the first two groups but the rats who ate as much junk food as they wanted quickly became very fat and started binge eating.
NO It may make sense for a school board to ban junk foods in some cases, but there are several issues that should be considered.
Arnold Schwarz- enegger is solidly in favor of removing junk food from all California schools.
All food items falling in the definition of junk food should be banned in school canteens.
Two-thirds polled in the region feel the government should introduce stricter regulations to control how junk food is advertised.
Over two fifths (42%) of parents surveyed in Wales also said they think junk food adverts on TV make it difficult to help their children eat a healthy diet.
The added tax on junk food, as well as the elimination of sales taxes on healthy foods, were the key legislative priorities of the Dine Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA).
They said eating junk food causes obesity and depression.
Washington, July 31 ( ANI ): Expecting women, who gorge on too much junk food, can produce future junk food addicts, a new animal study has suggested.
HOSPITAL junk food should be banned in a bid to fight Britain's obesity crisis, doctors warn.
REGULATION of junk food adverts on TV has done little to reduce the amount of unhealthy adverts children are exposed to, according to Liverpool experts.
CHILDREN'S food campaigners have called for tighter restrictions on the advertising of junk food after a review found new rules had reduced youngsters' exposure to it by less than expected.
THREE in four children in Britain are unaware of the "dire" long-term health effects of junk food, according to a survey published.
ALMOST a third of parents leave their children at home to avoid rows in the supermarket over junk food, a survey found.
The concept of a treat is becoming obsolete among a generation of Welsh children because of the amount of junk food they eat, a survey published today reveals.