In an age when obesity among youth is becoming a concern, school vending machines are bringing more unhealthy foods to children, contributing to this epidemic. Today, 20-30% of children are either obese or are in danger of becoming obese,i a figure that has tripled over the last three decades.ii Today, 74% of middle schools and 98% of high schools provide students with access to junk food through vending machines or snack bars.iii The contents of these school vending machines are incredibly unhealthy, roughly 75% of beverages and 85% of foods have little nutritional value.iv
The situation has gotten progressively worse in recent years, as more schools sign contracts with food and beverage companies in order to obtain funding. Schools sell advertisements in their schools and buses, and give companies exclusive rights to distribute snacks in their schools. Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation tracks this phenomenon, from the first deal between a Colorado school and the Coca-Cola Company in 1993, to the commonplace contracts that occur today.v Their goal, Schlosser claims, is to get kids to drink more soft drinks and eat more unhealthy foods. Exposing children to more junk food, soft drinks, and fast food advertisements may indeed have this effect, as eating habits established by... [continues]
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