Research Finds No Link Between Childhood Obesity and Junk Food in Schools

Yet another study has been published proving the attempts by the Food Police to control what we (and our children) eat are baseless and ineffective. While the government, both federal and local, tries to limit our food freedom by controlling food in schools, the latest research out of Penn State suggests that the strategy of banning all junk food from schools has no association with childhood obesity. In the research, published this month in the journal Sociology of Education, investigators analyzed the relationship between weight gain and “competitive foods” (soft drinks, candy, chips, etc.) sold in schools.

A New York Times article reports,

“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.”


However, no matter how researchers analyzed the data, they could not find any correlation between attending a school where junk food is sold and obesity. The study also found that “the relationship between competitive foods and weight gain did not vary significantly by gender, race/ethnicity or family socioeconomic status.”

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