That’s how many extra calories children consume every year from junk food sold out of school vending machines. It is the same as eating 2 billion candy bars, according to an advocacy group of retired military officers. As a result, one in four young adults is too fat to join the armed services, and we’re running low on those lean, mean fighting machines we need to protect us from invading forces.
Granted, we can’t stop kids from eating junk food from time to time. But why not at least try to keep it out of their hands when they’re in school?
Our children could cut out 400 billion empty calories next year — and help preserve freedom around the world — if schools just took junk food out of the vending machines.