There are many debates involving soft drink and junk food vending machines in elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high schools. Some states have restricted student use during school hours by putting a block on the machines so they won’t tak money, but after school hours students can access the machines. As of January 2004, Arkansas is the only state that has passed legislation banning vending machines in elementary schools. This is not just a state issue, though. Some cities and local schools districts have taken the inicitive and enforced policies to ban or replace certain foods and beverages in vending machines with more health options. Snack machines are filled with junk food, which causes and triggers many problems such as, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Since snack ...view middle of the document...
Snack machines are filled with foods that are high in sugar and could be potentially fatal to a child or adolescent by causing a jump in their blood sugar. A jump in blood sugar can cause very serious injury and even worse, death. The smartest thing to do would be to remove snack machines from all schools to prevent this from happening.
Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is a body weight that is much greater than what is healthy. Obesity is one of the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. In the last 30 years the number of children who are overweight has tripled to 15%. About nine million children over the age of six years old are considered to be obese. There are a few factors that contribute to obesity but one of the main ones is not eating healthy. Snack machines filled with junk food may have a few healthy choices, but not many.
Heart disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries to your heart. As a result to this, the blood flow to your heart could slow down causing serious injury or even death. Diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure increases the risk of you getting coronary heart disease. Junk foods contribute to all three of those things. Junk food can contribute to this issue.
To try and avoid these issues or even decrease the risk, all schools should remove their snack machines. It could help make the students have a healthier life style if the options aren’t available to them during school hours. It’s the smartest decision and you cant really go wrong with doing so. If schools wont do it, people and parents of the community should get together and try to do something about it.