Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Obesity Fad: Junk Science?

Here is a research study on your school's vending machines.

Conclusion: Much ado about nothing.


At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Anonymous Shawn said...

I have total faith in a "science" site talking about junk food funded by the American Beverage Assn. and McDonald's.

From: ----
"...we are grateful to the American Beverage Association, AT&T, ExxonMobil, Freddie Mac, General Motors Corporation, McDonalds, Merck, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and PhRMA for their support."
By going to the source, the NAASO's website, we find much contradictory information. Such as this press release discussing the evidence of larger portion sizes contributing to obesity, something TCS clearly says the NAASO refutes:

Something's fishy there.

As for the vending machines? I couldn't find the actual paper this site is referring, even with a Google search, so I can't comment on that.

It does pique my interest though when someone in a position such as yours would say the vending machine debate is "much ado about nothing" from reading one article on an obviously slanted website. I hope you were kidding.

At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...


Not kidding at all, but...I should qualify that when I say "much ado about nothing" I am referring solely to my opinion that removing ALL vending machines in schools will have 0% effect on reducing student obesity.

I base this opinion mostly on my personal observations at school not just on TechCentral's article.

Here is why:

Number 1: The vending machines are OFF at school most of time. This is actually true at most schools in our area. They are on timers and come on before buses arrive and after they leave. They exist primarily for students who need some carbohydrates before and after practices.

Number 2: The pop is gone and has been gone for some time. The biggest seller is bottled water and there are some sports drinks that sell as well as some snack items.

Number 3: We presume they drink their 44 oz Code Red on the way home, because they don't see it at school.

Number 4. We provide health and nutritional instruction regularly along with two 45 minute phys ed periods and recesses every week up to grade 5.

Number 5. It would be wrong to assume that schools are the culprit, but to assume we are the solution to societal obesity is to assume that we don't do the preventative things already.

As for me and my house, we limit the snacks and food types at home. Our children are slim and healthy despite going to schools with an evil vending machine that is on a few hours a day. :-)

Removing a vending machine is only removing a carb and water source used for the most part by student athletes.

At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Anonymous Shawn said...

Thanks for the explanation. When I responded, I had made a few assumptions mysef, such as the vending machines in question being turned on full-time and being stocked with sugary sodas and not sports drinks.

Obviously, this isn't the case in northern Indiana. Kudos for that. Your vending machines are certainly not evil.

I wish I could say that about the machines in my building, which I fear are plotting with the recycling bins to barricade the Admin wing over winter break. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I will say however that while the removal of non-evil vending machines (those following the model your area adheres to) would do nothing to curb obesity, I still believe it is the case that removing evil vending machines (or changing them to good vending machines) would help. How much would they help? Who really knows. I think it's a reasonable assumption to say that schools who go from evil to good machines would see a change in obesity levels if the change is in a school with the same quality of health/physical education it seems your area has.

Anyway, I've subscribed to your feed, so I'll drop in from time to time. This is a nice site!

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005, Anonymous historian said...

I graduated in '98, and went to school in Northeastern Indiana. There, our vending machines were under lock and key. And yes, they were intended for, and were used mainly for those people who would be after school for a significant amount of time. Personally, I was involved in more academic pursuits than athletic, so when I was around for an event that would last until 8:00 or 9:00 at night, I would sometimes take advantage of the vending machines.

I AM surprised at the availability of foods today that were strictly unavailable in previous times. I don't think that the availability of these foods is to blame for obesity, but it sure doesn't help. In the end, things such as this are best controlled at home. Nevertheless, the school should set a good example by keeping these foods unavailable during school hours.

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005, Blogger A Cheater's Tale said...

The prohibition of junk food in schools is starting a black market!


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