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School Vending Machine Crisis

Two students consuming unhealthy chips at lunch time.

Two students consuming unhealthy chips at lunch time. "Chips is usually all I have for my lunch because they are the only things in the vending machine." Nikki Phillips said.

Two students consuming unhealthy chips at lunch time. "Chips is usually all I have for my lunch because they are the only things in the vending machine." Nikki Phillips said.

Two students consuming unhealthy chips at lunch time. "Chips is usually all I have for my lunch because they are the only things in the vending machine." Nikki Phillips said.

Maddy Knapp

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98% of high schools have vending machines throughout their campuses. 83% of those vending machines serve unhealthy candies and chips that do not nourish these students and their bodies. Since these vending machines are filled with unhealthy foods, 35% of high school students are obese. The school should try to stop this epidemic throughout the school by adding a healthier and more fresh vending machine to its campus.
In 2014, an organization called the Center of Science for the Public Interest decided to investigate the unhealthy snacks they were giving their students. They found that 85% of schools were supplying unhealthy snacks to students. They decided to classify the two categories into “unhealthy” and “healthier.” The unhealthy options were 58% of the options in the machines and the healthier was 42% of the materials in the machines.

A man named Joel Fuhrman, president of the Nutritional Reach Foundation, did a study of the impact of the sugar on the brain. He detected that sweet foods, fatty foods, and salty foods can produce addiction-like outcomes in the brain, loss of self-control, overeating, and weight gain. This research shows that since all these types of foods are in the vending machines that students cannot truly learn in a school environment with these addictive foods.

Since students are still going to buy these snacks from the vending machine, the school should try to change this by putting in a  healthier vending machine. This machine would have fruits, vegetables, healthy beverages, and healthier chips and snacking options.

With these changes to vending machines and students’ appetites there will be decreases in obesity in high school students, better academics, and cheerful attitudes will increase throughout the day.  

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