I was fascinated by the story in yesterday’s New York Times about the problem schools are having as they try to replace the junk foods in vending machines with healthier options.
Students, it seems, prefer to buy the junk foods.
The Times photo says it all:
What are these machines doing in schools at all?
Schools didn’t used to have vending machines. Somehow kids managed to survive for a few hours not eating between meals.
If schools must have vending machines—a highly debatable point—how about making everything in them be something you’d like your kid to be eating?
Just a thought.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”