Study: No Obesity Link to Junk Food in Schools

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    Jan 27, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/health/research/study-finds-no-childhood-obesity-link-to-school-junk-food.html

    In the fight against childhood obesity, communities all over the country are banning the sale of sweets and salty snacks in public schools. But a new study suggests that the strategy may be ineffective.

    Researchers at Pennsylvania State University tracked the body mass indexes of 19,450 students from fifth through eighth grade. In fifth grade, 59 percent of the children attended a school where candy, snacks or sugar-sweetened beverages were sold. By eighth grade, 86 percent did so.

    The researchers compared children’s weight in schools where junk food was sold and in schools where it was banned. The scientists also evaluated eighth graders who moved into schools that sold junk food with those who did not, and children who never attended a school that sold snacks with those who did. And they compared children who always attended schools with snacks with those who moved out of such schools.

    No matter how the researchers looked at the data, they could find no correlation at all between obesity and attending a school where sweets and salty snacks were available.

    “Food preferences are established early in life,” said Jennifer Van Hook, the lead author and a professor of sociology and demography at Penn State. “This problem of childhood obesity cannot be placed solely in the hands of schools.”

    The study appeared in the January issue of the journal Sociology of Education.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 27, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    Well send this article to Mrs. Obama STAT. She is wasting a lot of time and money on it!!
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    Childhood obesity is about parents setting poor examples for their children and not teaching them how to make healthy choices. Just as with anything...the responsibility lies with the parents and not the schools.
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    Am I the only one tired of reading articles in the format of

    SCANDALOUS HEADLINE

    "Though it's been forever believed that such is such, A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE"
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidChildhood obesity is about parents setting poor examples for their children and not teaching them how to make healthy choices. Just as with anything...the responsibility lies with the parents and not the schools.


    That said, just because the parents feed their kids crap doesn't mean that the schools should follow suit.
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidChildhood obesity is about parents setting poor examples for their children and not teaching them how to make healthy choices. Just as with anything...the responsibility lies with the parents and not the schools.


    Schools should set good examples as well, and the government should not cater to the food industry when setting nutritional standards for school lunches.

    Obviously, junk food at schools is not the sole cause of the childhood obesity epidemic. Children should be taught about nutrition at school nevertheless.

    Many adults have skewed ideas about healthy eating already. Over the years food corporations have drained their “products” of nutrients replacing them with preservatives, synthesized sweeteners, coloring, and artificial flavors all the while increasing portion sizes.

    Not to mention the marketing schemes of the industrial food complex are extremely unethical and immoral.
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Well I'm relieved! Thank God the link to childhood obesity (obviously the only possible negative effect from eating junk food) has been debunked!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    kids are fat because they stay inside , eat garbage cartoon food full of high carbs and sugars , have neglegent parents , dont have enough P E classes in school and arnt taught about nutrition . its a shame to see all the obese kids . in my day we had THE kid in class . no they all seem to be THE fat kid. it is just awful .
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    unjaded saidkids are fat because they stay inside , eat garbage cartoon food full of high carbs and sugars , have neglegent parents , dont have enough P E classes in school and arnt taught about nutrition . its a shame to see all the obese kids . in my day we had THE kid in class . no they all seem to be THE fat kid. it is just awful .


    It's true but sadly its not their fault.. mom and dad can't make ends meet and work 24/7 and can't provide the right nutrition and activities, its too fucking dangerous to go outside. And most (fun) PE class activities have been banned like dodge ball can you believe that. And it suddently became "cool" to play video games thats nerd SHIT.

    I feel bad for kids these days, their fat little hands are tied.
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    this is bullshit. i remember quite vividly in the fourth grade. I brought my lunch but alot of the rich kids had their parents pay for the meal plan and they'd come out of the "checkout" with nothing but a big-gulp soda and three bags of potato chips (different varieties of course). Whether they ate bad at school or at home, overindulgence of ANY kind (like the dumbasses that cook out of Paula Deen's cookbooks every day (FYI I LOVE ME SOME PAULA, BACK OFF)) bad eating patterns can definitely cook your body nice and bad.

    and to the issue of it being dangerous outside, yeah it is. But kids are too damned sheltered today. I'm far from physically intimidating but i'm not afraid to stand up for myself. I've beat back bullies with nothing but a plaid Ralph Lauren umbrella before (he walked funny for 2 weeks icon_twisted.gif ) and knocked a mini-hoodie off his bicycle when he was hassling me while i was jogging. I rammed another students car with my truck when they were fucking with me in highschool, boxing me into my parking space. Kids (and grown-ups) need to grow the fuck up and realize that, in REAL/REGULAR LIFE, nobody cares how "cool" you are or how many friends you have or how fast your car is.
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    Jan 30, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidChildhood obesity is about parents setting poor examples for their children and not teaching them how to make healthy choices. Just as with anything...the responsibility lies with the parents and not the schools.


    I think thats definitely true, but providing poor nutrition choices to children why? One could make the same argument about cigarettes. Sell them to children - its the parents responsibility.
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    Jan 30, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    So, it's just bad eating habits, bad parenting, and lack of exercize?
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    ANother big important question is "Who sponsered this research?" data can be analyzed and reported in a way to say what the researcher wants it to say.
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    knowwonder saidSo, it's just bad eating habits, bad parenting, and lack of exercize?


    I think pad parenting is the biggest factor. Or maybe neglectful parenting is a better way of putting it. I'm studying nursing now and one thing that comes up time and time again is how its hard for people to make the right eating choices because healthy food is expensive vs crap food -- don't blame the victim type thing.

    Well I call BS on that. While you might be able to buy a bag of white rice for less per calorie than a bunch of vegetables, the actual cost of healthy food is still the lowest as a percentage of disposable income than its ever been in history. These are the same parents that then buy ps3 games and such for their kids - but can't afford broccolli? Not to say there aren't some legitimately impoverished families out there but lets be honest, most people can afford to eat properly.

    I'll also give them that it takes more time to cut up, wash and cook vegetables and bake some chicken - much more time than it takes to order McDonald's. But its your kids health. It takes more effort to to do a lot of things the right way. Why is "it takes too long to cook" an acceptable excuse when its killing children?

    Something that really pisses me off lol
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Sigh. What's a Nanny-Stater to do?
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    At my local high school, there is an emphasis on healthy lunches and breakfasts. However, each and every club and organization is expected to fundraise to finance any activity. So what do they do? Sell candy bars and brownies. There's even a table as large as a candy store in the lobby, and students often ask if they can leave class to go buy some candy. This is high school. (They'd make a fortune by selling chewing tobacco, but that is entirely another discussion)