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School lunch vs. junk food

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School lunch ladies around the United States are fighting to feed healthier food to the nation’s increasingly overweight student body,  but their biggest obstacle is competing with fast-food chains like McDonald’s and junk food like Doritos

lunchboysIn Los Angeles, the country’s second-biggest school district is serving up increasingly nutritious and lower-calorie food (the photo at right shows two Castelar Elementary students’ lunch choices).

Despite that, studies have found that roughly two-thirds of schools had fast-food chains within easy walking distance.

West Adams Preparatory High School student Edgar Barragan, 16, ticked off a half-dozen private and public fast-food outlets near his high school, including McDonald’s and a Burger King that is located kitty-corner from school (see photo  below).

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