(A/N: An essay on what should be done with soda machines. I've been here for a month, so that means I'm free to beta-read! If you're reading this and have a story that needs editing, I'm glad to do it. R&R&R!)
According to surveys, more than 20% of U.S. teens and children are overweight and obese. Obesity is generally caused by over consumption of unhealthy foods like sugars and fats. These sugars and fats come from foods like candy, chocolate, soda, cake, and other substances which are addictive and taste good, and these foods when consumed often and in large amounts can lead to obesity problems. Adolescent teens are most affected by these foods as they are in the growing stage of their life. But when there are healthy nutrients and energy drinks for kids and teens to drink, obesity isn't much of a problem.
Personally, I believe that soda machines shouldn't be eliminated from schools for the same reason that the government doesn't shut down liquor and drug stores, licensed or not: the underground black market. The government might as well keep the alcohol and drugs flowing in front of their eyes instead of giving the black market more to sell. It may be a similar case in schools. Kids and teenagers will find a way of getting what they require, be it simple bottles of soda to bottles of alcohol. That is why soda machines should stay in schools.
That doesn't mean that the drinks that they supply to the school population should be the same. Instead, the soda machines can supply healthier energy drinks like Gatorade and a special permit to students once a week of sugary drinks like Coke and Pepsi at a higher price. The extra funds from the soda machine can be donated to charity or for school funds. These are the reasons why I disagree that soda machines should be eradicated from schools, and that they should be altered to sell healthier drinks.