California will become the first state to ban soft drink sales to elementary and junior high school students and to require school board approval of other junk food vending contracts.
Governor Davis is promising to sign the measures, saying theyÂ´re needed to help fight childhood obesity. He cited recent “startling” statistics showing many children are overweight or obese and at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Yet the National Automatic Merchandising Association says the soft drinks and candy or salty snacks sold in schools amounts to an average of about one of each per child per week. The group says combating obesity means changing childrenÂ´s diet and activity levels at school and away.