As many of you know, Congress has been debating legislature to regulate vending machines in all K-12 schools to require that vending machines provide only healthy options. The debate is rather interesting…
Those in support of this bill argue that:
- There’s an obesity epidemic among America’s youth and vending machines are aggravating the problem.
- The market for healthy snacks will improve if this action is taken.
- Sugar and caffeine often cause students to lose attention and focus.
Those who oppose the bill argue that:
- It’s not up to the schools to decide the eating habits of students or teachers.
- Revenue from vending machines is used to pay for all kinds of school expenses like football uniforms, band trips, etc. Healthy snacks aren’t expected to bring in as much revenue.
- In banning these machines, schools are saying that some foods are “bad.” Instead schools should provide educations on healthy eating and exercise habits.
- Banning these foods on campus will cause some students to leave in search of their desired snack, increasing tardiness, etc.
See more details about the bill in Congress and how some representatives have voted.
Over at debate.org, a site that promotes open discussion between all members of the community on a wide range of topics, people have weighed in on this issue. As of today:
- 81% say “Yes, schools should have vending machines” and
- 19% say “No, schools should not have vending machines.”
In addition to the above arguments, there are a number of other arguments or opinions on this issue. On the “Yes” side of the debate:
Chele72 says “There is no reason a vending machine HAS to be filled with garbage they can just as easily be filled with fairly healthy choices like granola bars or 100 calorie packs or perhaps nuts and trail mixes.”
Kurta234 says, “IF the parent teaches the child the good and bad foods early on kids would know that its okay to have a snack every once in a while without overstuffing.”
alyssaa says, “There is nothing wrong with giving students choices about what they will consume.”
On the “No” side of the debate:
Anonymous says, “Putting vending machines in school is putting temptation in school for our kids – a poor choice on our part as adults.”
Anonymous says, “It wouldn’t be fair to have vending machines in school because the children that don’t have money to get vending food would feel left out and if a friend gave them money for vending foods they might not have the money they need and go after the kid who he has given the money to”
What’s your opinion on this debate?