States with strict laws on the quality of food in school vending machines appear to have healthier students.
Researchers studied over 6,000 students from forty states. They found those who lived in areas with strict, consistent laws for competitive foods, which include school sales of junk food and sweetened beverages, gained less weight from fifth to eighth grade.
States with weak laws were similar to those without any school snack rules in that their students either gained weight or stay the same.
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