Obese Children Feel Singled Out by Schools
According to the Mayo Clinic, about 25 million children and adolescents are overweight or are nearly overweight.
A child is considered obese if she or he falls within the 95th percentile or above for body mass index (BMI), which calculates a person's weight compared to height.
Businesses, including IBM, General Motors and Pfizer, have introduced "wellness incentives" to their employees in which employees are encouraged and rewarded for living a healthy lifestyle.
According to a study by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Public Health Advocacy Institute, most soda vending machine deals raise an average of $18 per student per year for schools. The study dealt with school systems from 16 states, analyzing 120 contracts with beverage companies. It is the first multi-state analysis of such contracts.