junk food


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junk food

1. Food that lacks actual nutritional value. No wonder you're hungry again—you only ate junk food earlier.
2. By extension, anything that is appealing but seems to have little discernable value or benefit. Your brain is going to rot if you keep watching junk food like these stupid reality shows.
See also: food, junk

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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Just a few days of junk food could change your metabolism.
Levying heavy taxes is not the solution to this prob-lem, rather there is need for more awareness andfor educating people about the harmful effects of junk food and fizzy drinks.
It is not right when we are trying to educate children around the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, that at the same time they are subjected to a bombardment of junk food advertising.
That goes for lack of physical activity and exercise as well--even if we aren't eating junk food, sitting around all day could lead to weight gain.
In my view calling for a ban is just to cover their own inadequacies of being a parent and allowing their children to eat too much junk food.
The BHF is calling for the government to introduce tighter restrictions online and ban junk food adverts being shown before the 9pm watershed to protect children from making unhealthy choices.
5% adolescents consumed junk food twice or more per week and from which middle aged adolescent was in higher percentage.
The ingredients in the second were highly processed, of lower quality and included substantially more sugar - a proxy for a junk food diet.
We must fight against this undesirable trend of junk food consumption among the children with all the force we have, to safeguard the health and well-being of future generations.
Junk food is everywhere--even in the doctor's office
These are foods sold outside the school meal program, including fast food items sold alongside the reimbursable lunches, and soft drinks and junk food sold in vending machines, school stores, fundraisers, and the like.
ISLAMABAD -- The growing trend of fast or junk food outlets is a big source of income in the twin cities of Islamabad Rawalpindi but at the cost of the citizens' health.
Sales of candy, soda and other junk food in middle schools don't weigh heavily on students' waistlines.
MUSCAT: Worried over the increasing incidence of obesity among their children, parents are urging private schools to take junk food off their school menus, at the earliest.