USTX3 - No Junk Food Vending Machines in Schools
When I was young, school vending machines were stocked with high calorie sodas (Dr. Pepper to be precise, since my school district had an exclusive deal with Dr. Pepper) and high calorie junk food. Many of my lunches consisted entirely of junk food. Schools might be better now, as awareness about the problems of childhood obesity has increased, but there should be across the board rule that if schools have vending machines, they must be stocked with healthful snacks and drinks.
Eating habits are formed at an early age. Exposing children primarily to unhealthy options at school is bad for children, and has long-ranging consequences.
This is the job of parents, not advertisers. In addition to that subsidy money helps pay for school renovations and the like, you're taking away the ability for them to make choices.
It may be better to be fit than obese, but you are forcing it. Freedom of choice is what makes America great.
Too many schools rely on the subsidies that the sugary soft drink companies provide in exhange for this advertising. Taking away that source of funding without having an alternative available may negatively impact education in other areas. The government should be more fiscally involved in public education to prevent these funding issues in the first place.
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