Why Schools Need Healthy Vending Machines.
“Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely.
And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression”. (Source: www.gov.uk)
We as parents and teachers are responsible for our children’s health. If they are not eating healthy, then we should take the blame, not them. It should be our topmost priority to educate and guide them to eat healthy.
Schools need to replace their unhealthy vending machines with healthier options for many reasons:
- One NHS report (2016) revealed that “child obesity is rising again after falling slightly in 2014-15.”
- Teenagers in England are the biggest consumers of sugar-sweetened drinks in Europe. Schools can play a vital role to reduce sugar intake by its pupils through education and installing sugar free and healthier vending products.
- According to Daily Mail “research shows that two out of five youngsters would opt for healthy foods at school if given the choice.”
- Parents want schools to ban vending machines because they have not been educated about the healthier vending machines. The term “vending machine” is still synonym to fizzy, sugary, unhealthy drinks and snacks.
- Schools should not be wary of their extra source of income, because the Food Standards Agency, says its research shows the machines can still make a profit even if they stock healthier foods.