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Vending Contradictions

Snack and Beverage Options on Public Property

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Obesity and poor nutrition are contributing to high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other diet‐related chronic diseases, which diminish Americans’ quality of life and increase health‐ care costs. The foods and beverages that are available in our surroundings have a strong influence on what and how much people eat. Unfortunately, many of the foods available in our daily food environments are unhealthy.

This study revealed that vending machines on state and local property are stocked primarily with unhealthy products.