I just read this article in the New York Times. Nothing shocking was discovered, it just explained how the state laws that banned soda in schools had little effect on middle school kids’ sugary drink consumption.
Why? Because most of the schools replaced the machines with Gatorade or other sugary drinks! Kids got the impression that Gatorade, Snapple, and other sugary drinks were a healthier alternative to soda. Wrongo. Students bought the unhealthy sugary drinks, the school kept making money, and things went on that way for years. Too bad it’s not the best way to handle this situation. My solution?
To expect schools to get rid of these vending machines is impossible because they depend on the money too much. I say replace the sugary drinks with bottled water and flavored waters. Maybe even milk?!
What do you think? Am I too much of an idealist to think that this might actually help reduce the amount of sugary drinks kids consume? What do you think should be done about the vending machines in schools?