I’m amazed that we are well into 2014 and schools can still sell junk food to students in vending machines. Below are four photographs just in case you haven’t been to school recently. In first, some breakfast cereals: Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, and Apple Jacks, with 37%, 40%, and 43% sugar, respectively. I’m sure that the Vending Machine Committee for this school decided that if they avoided Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (55.6% sugar), they could argue that the actual offerings are “healthier options.” Photographs 2 and 3 show candy and chips. Photograph 4 is for viewers interested in obesity among minorities.
In Pennsylvania (where photographs were taken), 15.9% of high school students are overweight. 11.8% of adolescents are obese. With rates that high, many students don’t even need healthier forms of calories — they need to stop snacking. Vending machines promote snacking.