It’s the silent killer in most hallways of schools… junk food at kid’s fingertips. What is the correlation between childhood obesity and the school vending machines? Well its a DIRECT one, and is making junk food too easily available to our kids.
According to Roberta H. Anding, a clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital, she says that
the 300-calorie-a-day increase in children’s diets since the 1970s comes from more refined carbohydrates and fats, she said. Schools need to make the right choices to implement these changes.
Vending machines typically carry quick foods that are high in sugar,sodium,enriched white flour, and very little nutritional value. We need to make health easily accessible to our kids if we want them to be healthy and live long lives free from diabetes,hypertension,etc.
The number of vending machines in schools has doubled since the 1990s
says author Amy Virus, a registered dietitian with the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Children have a hard enough time fitting in and adapting to the social environment, let alone if they are overweight. It is now reported that 1 in 3 is obese. The physical and emotional damages can affect them forever, and there are so many easy steps WE can take to help them. Packing lunches that are healthy and still tasty may be a good start, considering realistically it may take much effort to get vending machines with better food choices or completely eliminated.
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