If I would ask you what will happen if you take away junk food from kids at school, what do you think the answer will be:
- They’ll go insane
- They’ll eat more junk at home
- They will start hating healthy food
- All of the above
- They’ll get healthier
I’m sure most people (with kids) will answer (4), I know I would. However the research below shows that the right answer is actually (5) – they will get healthier!. The study co-author Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. said “we found that when you take soda and high-fat snacks out of schools, students did not compensate at home. Instead, they ate better at school and no worse at home”. They also discovered that there were no differences in students’ reported weight concerns. These results support the value of strengthening school nutrition standards to improve student nutrition and provide evidence dispelling concerns that such efforts will have unintended negative consequences.
I have to try this at home!!!
The study cab be found in the December issue of the journal Health Education & Behavior.
The Impact of Removing Snacks of Low Nutritional Value From Middle Schools –