CDC: Too Many High Schools Still Serving Junk Food

One in three high school cafeterias still sells junk foods, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this statistic represents progress. In 2004, 53 percent of schools were selling candy and high-fat, salty snacks during lunch periods.

Dr. Howell Wechsler, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, said that schools are selling junk food because they need money. He admitted that food revenues drop during the first few years after school cafeteria substitutes healthy foods for the more popular but less nutritious ones. However, sales eventually climb up over time, he Wechsler said.

This study appears in the CDC Weekly Report on Morbidity and Mortality.