Governor wants evidence of obesity link to vending machines

(June 21, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Governor Huckabee wants some evidence that vending machines lead to childhood obesity before the state restricts the machines in schools. Huckabee, who himself has lost 105 pounds in the last year after a diabetes diagnosis, says he would like scientific evidence first before taking vending machines out of Arkansas middle schools and high schools. He suggests restricting vending machine use in a group of schools and comparing the data with schools with unlimited access. Standards that aim to cut children's calorie intake by putting restrictions on vending machines in Arkansas schools are to go before the state Board of Education in coming months. But officials who fully support the standards, say Huckabee is being disingenuous for opposing them based on a lack of research.