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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 9, September 2013, Posted On: 8/29/2013

CDC: Nearly Half Of U.S. School Districts Ban 'Junk Food' Vending

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending machines, school vending, junk food, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC vending report, child obesity, vending sales, vending machine products. vending commissions

WASHINGTON -- A report released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention this week found that 44% of school districts banned junk food from vending machines last year, up from 30% in 2006.

The findings come from a government survey of more than 800 U.S. school districts conducted last year. The CDC repeats the study every six years.

Key among the findings is that the proportion of school districts that allowed soda companies to advertise soft drinks on school grounds dropped from 47% six years ago to 34% last year.

Of districts that allowed schools to sell soft drinks, the number that received a commission fell from 82% in 2006 to 69% in 2012. The percentage of schools selling soda that received cash awards, equipment donations and other incentives from beverage companies fell from 52% to 34%.

It is unclear, however, how much impact the changes are having. The overall proportion of U.S. children who are overweight or obese has been holding steady at around 17%, according to government statistics.

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