Children's Weight Gain From School Vending Machines


Vending machines at school: sedan, juice, chocolate milk, frittreis seduces American board of education: 9723 slots and only 23 healthy foods!

In times when over 30% of children are becoming overweight or obese, even for children and teenagers not only school meals but also all kinds of junk foods spewing outbreaks of binge eating It is. Regional boards of education must accept whatever federal government sends, but school boards are paid by junk food distributors filling school machines.

Vending machines are a big business:

Approximately half of the nation's school districts have an electronic contract with a soft drink company to support funds for extracurricular activities. Some school districts receive hundreds of thousands of dollars commission from large companies to sign an exclusive contract with a company.

  • Arizona state high school publishes $ 2000 from soft drink sales on a monthly basis
  • A school in Michigan paid $ 50,000 from vending machine sales in a few months
  • Ohio The Princeton City Education Zone of 136,000 dollars signed a 10 year contract from Cork Cola and received 40% of the total sales (last year 18,000 dollars) from the machine.
  • Several schools in Alabama, contracted with soft drink companies and other vendors, received expenses of computer rewiring, teacher training, black year albums, etc. annually of $ 100,000 each year.

What is the penetration rate of vending machines?

In the nationwide Gallup Youth survey,

  • 23% say that they will eat "large amount" junk food It is not considered to be healthy in a typical week. 61% say they eat some. I hardly eat 14%. 2% do not eat anything.
  • 67% say they purchase junk foods and soda from school machines.
  • 75% of teens saying that their weight is overweight has said they are purchasing junk foods and soda at school.

National survey of vending machines in junior and senior high schools:

75% of drinks and 85% of snacks have high calorie and low nutritional value. A study of 1,420 machines at 251 schools was organized by the Public Interest Science Center (CSPI) and was conducted by 120 volunteers

the number of items to purchase

71 68% said that they purchased sugar pickled soda and other drinks, 68% purchased one to three vending machine items, 79% of 141 students who purchased four or more people there were.

What do they buy?

75% of drinks and 85% of snacks in school vending machines are unhealthy, buying 3 times more diabetes drunk than other foods and drinks.

The Public Interest Science Center (CSPI) reports that there are 9,723 snack slots in all vending machines investigated, with only 26 slots containing fruits or vegetables [19659002]

When asked about the purchase of a vending machine and the visit of a fast-food store last week, the number of items purchased at school vending machines is directly related to the total number of visits I went to the fast food store I was doing. "These findings suggest that school vending machines and fast food restaurants will make a total and independent donation with repetitive exposure and use," Dr. Jean Wiecha of the Harvard Public Health School writing. collection.

What are we doing to reduce the use of vending machines in schools?

The national parliament began to counter this situation by the people. Arkansas banned elementary school students who were first banned. Access to machines that provide food and soda. California replaced carbonated drink sales with milk, water and juice. In 2004, among the 70 bills introduced by 25 states in 4 provinces, laws on machines in schools were enacted. This includes Colorado State, Louisiana State, Tennessee State, Washington State. Currently, the bill is pending in 28 states.

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