Junk food in vending machines and served to kids is on the agenda of politicians and regulators as they seek a new Junk Food Tax to discourage sugary, unhealthy foods from being served in vending machines at sports facilities and other locations frequented by kids. Childhood obesity is an epidemic and taxing junk food is one way to discourage
Schools and hospitals in North America are taking proactive steps to help fight diseases like diabetes and obesity by installing "healthy vending machines" that only dispense healthy foods and drinks. In Tennessee, healthy vending was implemented at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Nearby, MLK High School also joined the healthy vending movement.
Toronto, Canada to Require 50% Healthy Vending 50% of Beverages Sold in City Parks Healthy Vending Products Required Health Authorities Take a Stand A 2011 article written in Inside Toronto reported that the City of Toronto will require 50% of beverages sold in city parks and facilities to be beverages that qualify as healthy product