Banning or Restricting Vending Machines

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Logan Vayda 140706 January 14, 2011 U2L6 Banning or Restricting Vending Machines The banning of junk food and vending machines in schools is a controversial subject. Vending machines allow children to consume foods and drinks other than the ones provided with a school lunch causing them to intake more unhealthy calories, sugars, and carbohydrates. The nation is facing an obesity endemic, and studies show that teenagers who are obese will continue to be obese as an adult. Many states are now considering either banning or restricting the use of vending machines in their school districts. School districts should ban or restrict vending machine use during school hours unless they are filled with healthy choices. Vending machines should be banned or restricted in schools because healthier eating would be promoted for the students, the increased risk of certain cancers and chronic diseases from being overweight would be reduced or eliminated, and families would save money in this crucial economic time. During school hours, children can be guaranteed a healthy meal that they may not be able to receive at home. Regulating or banning the use of vending machines almost forces the children to eat what the school has provided in their cafeteria. School meal programs will ensure that all food that is served in schools is healthy and nutritious for the children. Although the vending machine may be more convenient and is definitely quicker then standing in line for a school meal during a short lunch time or in between classes, they discourage healthy eating. At home, many parents may encourage their children to eat healthy and to make good eating habits, but at school younger children may not have the discipline to do the same. Healthy eating habits are formed when we are young and therefore if unhealthy eating choices are made in school, they may be continued

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