Vending Machines in Schools Dangerous to Students' Health

An estimated three quarters of America’s middle schools have vending machines stocked full of snacks and sodas. Most contain items loaded with sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, some with up to 300-400 calories. This in a nation where roughly one out of three children is considered overweight, putting them at an elevated risk for obesity and diabetes.vending machine

The study, of 1,420 vending machines in 251 schools, was organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI contends that all foods sold out of vending machines, school stores, and other venues outside of the official school lunch program should make positive contributions to children’s diets and health.

“It’s hard enough for parents to guide their children’s food choices, but it becomes virtually impossible when public schools are peddling junk food throughout the school day,” said CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan. “Many parents who send their kids off with lunch money in the morning have no clue that it can be so readily squandered on Coke, Doritos, and HoHos.”

These findings are part of a larger study aimed at reducing obesity in middle school students. The next step will be to eliminate 100 percent fruit juice from these schools’ vending machines, change snack and dessert foods to 200 calories or less, and change chips to reduced fat or baked snacks. More water will be placed in the machines if recommendations are followed.

via CSPI

28 Responses to “Vending Machines in Schools Dangerous to Students’ Health”

  1. vending says:

    Hello! I am agree with you in opinion that vending machines are dangerous in schools. These should be banned or replaced soda vending machines with natural fruit juices vending machines.

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  4. Vending Machine Business says:

    Vending machines in schools are only as bad as a McDonalds across the road or a 7-11 around the corner.

    Limit the amount of junk food that they contain and educate students on making healthy food choices. Let students start to understand that they have choices in life and how they should go about selecting what is right for them.

    Besides, these machines are a great revenue source for cash-strapped schools.

  5. Randall says:

    I agree with vending machines being dangerous to student’s health. Food being sold in schools should be properly monitored and junk foods restricted. Obesity among students is rampant and should be controlled as early as now. If students eat healthy, it follows that they will also be able to think healthy as well as live healthy.

  6. Zoila says:

    I you should not blame it to the vending machine… who allowed the vending machine to be installed in the school in the first place? Schools should be very careful in the choice of foods to be offered at school. One of the lessons thought is to eat healthy foods so why not offer health foods in the canteen instead? I think kids will not patronize something if they don’t see it.

  7. Edward Erdody says:

    More articles Like this One should expose the negative effects on These Sugar Snacks & Drinks
    At Change is Good Vending we advocate Healthy Vending.
    Our Communities do Matter!!!!!!!
    So do our CHILDREN

  8. LEE MURRAY says:

    Well what do you know, you learn something new everyday, thanks!

  9. Vending Locators says:

    Its true but this problem will not solve with removing vending locators from your schools. Change your vending location

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  15. sam says:

    old people are hypocrits they dont think schools should have vending machines in schools because they dont have to suffer from lack if candy ect.
    they should put non healthy vending machines in school. why because i eat way too much and im not fat at all no matter what they do to get candy away from children there will always be obice children the schools may not sell candy but stores will. oh its not how much food you eat its how much you ecercise

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