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Shocking News: Vending Machines Bad For Kids

Vending (via Phillie Casablanca)

There's a lot going on in September. It's National Yoga Month, and International Square Dancing Month. And it's also National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Which brings us to today's "they had to do a study to figure that out?" report. Research has now made it official: Vending machine food is bad for kids. The study looked at more than 2,300 kids and found that the ones who ate vending machine food had higher sugar intake and lower dietary fiber, vitamin B, and iron intakes than kids who don't eat Funions and Reese's Pieces all day. Shocker. What's maybe a touch more shocking is the fact that 88% of high schools still have vending machines. That and the fact that about 32% of young people ages 2 to 19 are overweight. And that studies have shown that even that appallingly high number may be too low since parents are very likely to underestimate their children's weight and/or overestimate their height.