I am so glad Rahm Emanuel has the obesity problem figured out for our country! Good for him. http://trib.in/Xq25BT Let’s just eliminate all vending machines, and poof, pounds drop, body fat goes to acceptable levels, heart disease and diabetes eliminated! Dang, why didn’t someone else think of that? McDonalds and Burger King and Hardees (seriously have you checked the calorie count of the items Hardees offers??!! – for example Bacon Cheeseburger 1200 calories), convenience stores and grocery stores…none of those have any effect at all on the obesity problem in this country? Not to mention that we are a nation of couch potatoes? Exercise? Really? We’re too busy, or too tired after working so many hours just trying to pay the taxes our government keeps raising.
So, seriously, does eliminating vending solve our obesity and health issues. OF COURSE NOT! Vending is just an easy and politically correct target. And…an industry that doesn’t have the $$$$ behind it to fight back with the politicians who are more interested in getting their name in the paper so they can get re-elected next time than really solving the very serious issues this country has. Frankly, I am sick of it. I am sick of politicians who don’t give a flip about anything but the next election, and I am sick of my industry being the poster child for all that is wrong with the health issues in this country. I work in a vending company. I have THOUSANDS of snack and beverage items 100 feet from my office. But I watch what I eat, and I exercise regularly. Do I sometimes grab a bag of M&Ms? Yes. Do I more often grab a protein bar…I do. And yes, the vending industry has made and is making great strides to offer better and more healthy options. Our national association also offers educational programs.
These politician are not going to change. Their concern is making headlines, keeping their pockets lined and keeping in power. If anything changes, it is up to us to do it.
(I am now off my soapbox). Enjoy the rest of your day!