NEW YORK -- School vending machines in the United States are about to lose their high-calorie fizz.
In a deal announced Wednesday, the largest beverage distributors agreed to stop selling non-diet sodas to most public schools, where childhood obesity has become an increasing concern.
You know, you spend your days bashing the Yankees, and then they go and do something commonsensical like this...
I have read, although cannot find a link to, material suggesting that the average American child gets the majority of their daily calorie intake through soft-drinks, so I suppose that means Canadian kids aren't too far behind.
Mind you, the beverage distributors aren't doing this out of pure altruism; they are responding to "a wave of regulation by school districts and state legislatures to cut back on student consumption of soda amid reports of rising childhood obesity rates."
The ban will apply mostly to vending machines on school property, which will be required to sell either diet sodas, unsweetened juice, low-fat milk and water. Kids will still be able to get their fix across the street at the Quickie-Mart, but at least the fat little fuckers will have to walk a few meters to get it.
Now if they would only bring back the strap, I would be totally happy...