The government believes it knows what’s best for our kids. It really has good intentions– honest, you can believe it. The latest good intention is to pressure soda makers to not sell their carbonated beverage in schools. You’ll never guess who was behind it– that McDonalds loving, dress staining, perjury committing President and his foundation.
This does have an upside for soda manufacturers– it can look like their interested in children’s health, and also it will let them push its flavored waters or other products. However, with all of the great publicity this decision has, it overlooks the key problem.
Obesity will not be curbed by changing what it is in vending machines. I don’t know that I ever bought a soda from a vending machine in school. I’m sure it must be done, but do you think that the big soda makers would be ok with losing a bunch of profit? They know that they make more than enough sales elsewhere– or if kids really want it, they will bring it in.
No, the way to stop this problem, like many other things that parents don’t want their kids to be doing, is with the example set in the home. In my house, soda was a priviledge that was only available to us with certain meals, and was never allowed as a snack.
You need to teach children the best way to do things, not just take things away. Forbidden things get all the more tempting.