Research: Junk foods laws help curb kid obesity

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Research: Junk foods laws help curb kid obesity

Postby cindycarter05 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:31 am

Lowering kid obesity may have a lot to do with strengthening unhealthy food regulations and school regulations. A study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics notes that there appears to be a strong connection between having tighter unhealthy food laws and having fewer kids stricken with obesity. Article resource: Article resource: <a href="">why don't you review</a>

<strong>Restrict unhealthy food, fight child obesity</strong>

The new child obesity study, which released today in the <a href="">journal Pediatrics</a>, offers what some experts are calling the first real evidence that school regulations can have a positive impact on a student's fat. Junk food regulations like those in states like New York, when translated down to the institutional level, may efficiently restrict the sale of sugar-laden soft drinks and pre-packaged, heavily processed junk food. This is turn helps slow kid obesity.

According to the Associated Press, it is good to have the Pediatrics study to back up the idea that it is a good idea to restrict food consumption. Still, the controversy around the regulations will not stop anytime soon.

<strong>How were results obtained?</strong>

The laws are definitely helpful. The study showed students gaining fewer pounds when they had junk food laws. There were also a lot of obese children losing fat where the strong junk food and obesity regulations were in place. The study got its results by looking at 6,300 students from 40 students for three years from fifth to eighth grade. It concluded the study in 2007.

<strong>Seeing no correlation</a></strong>

Critics of the Pediatrics study note that there is no specific claim that better unhealthy food laws directly correlated to less kid obesity. At best, there might be what the New York Times calls “a strong association,” a notion that VA Stallings, director of the nutrition center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, fully supports.

<blockquote>"This is the first real evidence that the laws are likely to have an impact," she told the AP.</blockquote>

Dr. David Ludwig of Harvard Medical School does not think there is a down side in having regulations such as these, even if there is not a strong unhealthy food law and kid obesity connection.

<blockquote>"What are the downsides of improving the food environment for children today?" he asked. "You can't get much worse than it already is."</blockquote>

According to the LA Times, approximately one-fifth of U.S. teenagers were overweight between 2009 and 2010.

<strong>The role parents play in kid obesity</strong>


<a href="">New York Times</a>

<a href="">Slate</a>

<a href="">Washington Post</a>

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