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Study Links Bake Sales, Weight Problems
Yahoo! News ^ | 12/05/05 | STEVE KARNOWSKI

Posted on 12/06/2005 12:16:13 PM PST by Serb5150

MINNEAPOLIS - Schools that run bake sales and let teachers reward students with candy risk having more overweight pupils, a study in Minneapolis suggests.

That offers some vindication to the schools across the country that have cracked down on cupcakes and cookies on campus.

Lead author Martha Kubik, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, acknowledged her research doesn't prove that such food practices contribute to adolescent obesity, but there does seem to be a connection.

"I think we all have to step back and look at what we're doing to contribute to practices that might not support children developing healthy dietary behavior," she said.

Her study's results make sense to Kevin Miller, principal of Fair Haven Middle School, which banned bake sales and went junk food-free as part of a districtwide program in the New Haven, Conn. Miller doesn't allow vending machines, and his cafeteria promotes healthy food.

Kids are actually eating apples and oranges instead of throwing them away. And because there aren't any candy wrappers around, he said, "our hallways are impeccable."

There was vindication, too, for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, who responded to rising childhood obesity by leading a statewide crackdown on junk food in schools last year. The Texas effort specifically targeted treats and bake sales, along with vending machines.

Combs said she ran up against a "very deeply entrenched culture," even among elementary school teachers, who often used candy as rewards. She said she was horrified by an e-mail from one teacher who said she couldn't imagine not using candy an incentive. Equally entrenched, she said, was the attitude that food sales were the only effective fund-raisers.

"When you have the authority figures such as teachers, principals and parents pushing food which is high in calories and low in value day after day, hour after hour in schools, it's absolutely devastating to trying to run a healthy nutrition policy," Combs said.

In Connecticut, Miller said he didn't get much resistance. He talked over alternative fund-raising strategies with the Parent Teacher Organization — options such as concerts, clothing drives and car washes.

"If you only know bake sales, that's all you think you can do," he said.

Since food rewards are banned, teachers give students pencils, protractors and other "tools of academia" bearing the school logo.

The Minnesota study looked at 3,088 eighth-graders at 16 middle schools in Minneapolis-St. Paul and whether the schools had seven specific "food practices" that would allow students access to food outside of normal meal programs. Sixty-nine percent allowed the use of food for incentives and 56 percent allowed food in classroom fund-raising.

They found that the body-mass index of students — a calculation based on weight and height — was 10 percent higher for each additional food practice allowed in their school.

The study was published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association.

Teachers in these schools commonly used candy, cookies, doughnuts, non-diet soft drinks and pizza as incentives, and were less likely to give out healthier items such as pretzels, fruits, vegetables, water or low-fat milk, the study said.

Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children's Hospital Boston, who wasn't involved with the study called it "very interesting." He said it "raises concern for the inappropriate use of food in schools for purposes other than the nutritional well-being of children."

Karal Ann Marling, a University of Minnesota professor who writes extensively about American popular culture, dislikes vending machines in schools, but lamented the threat to the institution of the bake sale.

"It seems to me to be flying in the face of American tradition," she said, suggesting that the first place people should look is the school cafeteria. "Leave the ladies with the cupcakes alone!"


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bakesale; bearspoopinthewoods; duh; obesity; thepopeiscatholic

1 posted on 12/06/2005 12:16:13 PM PST by Serb5150
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To: Serb5150

LOL! Love the photo!


2 posted on 12/06/2005 12:17:08 PM PST by saveliberty (The feed? Senator Ted thought it was part of the Big Dig. It's in the Esther Williams Tunnel now)
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To: Serb5150

Minnesotans' tax dollars at work.


3 posted on 12/06/2005 12:18:26 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: Serb5150

Lesson #1: Don't get high on your own supply.


4 posted on 12/06/2005 12:18:46 PM PST by Now_is_The_Time
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To: Serb5150

Maybe if they let them have P.E.!


5 posted on 12/06/2005 12:19:23 PM PST by neodad (My ex-wife is stuck on stupid.)
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To: Serb5150

In other news, paying 'scientists' to perform inane studies seems to breed more useless information.


6 posted on 12/06/2005 12:19:57 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: atomicpossum

A good portion of the 'studies' I've been seeing in the news lately have been shockingly stupid.


7 posted on 12/06/2005 12:22:06 PM PST by Serb5150 (God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart -Izaak Walton)
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To: Serb5150

Tofu bake sales have no chance to break even.


8 posted on 12/06/2005 12:23:37 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Serb5150

Maybe we could try to get a government grant to do a study on how much government money is wasted on studies where the conclusion was obvious. Of course our conclusion will be obvious as well. TOO DARN MUCH!!! lol!


9 posted on 12/06/2005 12:25:02 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: Serb5150
Thank God for studies. Next: People who attend orgies have increased risk for STDs.
10 posted on 12/06/2005 12:26:50 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NY Times headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS, Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Serb5150

I'm going to do a study showing that unburned calories lead to weight gain. I think I need about $200,000 to do the study. Who wants to pony up the money?


11 posted on 12/06/2005 12:27:50 PM PST by mysterio
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To: WV Mountain Mama

In unrelated news, the Pope has announced that he is Catholic.


12 posted on 12/06/2005 12:31:57 PM PST by Serb5150 (God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart -Izaak Walton)
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To: Serb5150
Lead author Martha Kubik, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, acknowledged her research doesn't prove that such food practices contribute to adolescent obesity, but there does seem to be a connection.

..and just how much $$$ did this study cost? Perhaps Ms. Kubik could do another study to find away to do stupid things without costing the school money

Doogle

13 posted on 12/06/2005 12:32:32 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: Serb5150

Yeah.

We needed a 'study' to discover this, huh?


14 posted on 12/06/2005 12:40:29 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment

I'm thinking there's some good money to be made doing studies. I must be in the wrong business.


15 posted on 12/06/2005 12:42:09 PM PST by Serb5150 (God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart -Izaak Walton)
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To: Serb5150

sheesh! study or no study, lets take a look at school lunches! ick!


16 posted on 12/06/2005 12:44:25 PM PST by leda (patton's brown eyed girl)
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To: Serb5150

God I hate stories like this.....they really think we're THAT STUPID in the media?? How much did this stupid test cost taxpayers?


17 posted on 12/06/2005 12:45:41 PM PST by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Serb5150

In our area, I think they are about to do a study to make sure bears still crap in the woods. Byrd got the money, of course. :)


18 posted on 12/06/2005 12:46:50 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: Fawn
Hopefully less than this study did.
19 posted on 12/06/2005 12:47:31 PM PST by Serb5150 (God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart -Izaak Walton)
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To: WV Mountain Mama

In Florida....they did a study which was granted a HUGE headline down here..."Too much TV blamed for lack of prepared homework done" --somthing like that...


20 posted on 12/06/2005 12:47:50 PM PST by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Fawn

I am sure there will be another study soon on the effects of the new Xbox 360 on homework. You know, just to be sure...


21 posted on 12/06/2005 12:50:28 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: Serb5150

Kids sitting on their rear playing video games rather than playing outside is 99% of the problem, parents who let them are .99% and bake sales are .001%


22 posted on 12/06/2005 12:52:40 PM PST by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: Fawn
"they really think we're THAT STUPID in the media??"

Yup, and there's a reason for that:

They themselves are stupid, therefore they assume we are, too!

23 posted on 12/06/2005 12:53:39 PM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: Serb5150
Bake Sales make kids fat.
The sky is blue.
The Chinese are selling a Clinton brand of condom.
John Kerry was in Vietnam.
24 posted on 12/06/2005 12:56:19 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Attack (Democrats) until they stop twitching and then attack some more." -J. Peter Mulhern)
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To: Serb5150

Where are the researchers with any common sense? Bake sales don't make people obese. Putting vending machines in schools and thinking children can make healthy food choices is idiotic, however.


25 posted on 12/06/2005 12:58:36 PM PST by pops88
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To: Serb5150

Study links food, calories.


26 posted on 12/06/2005 1:02:25 PM PST by arkham
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To: Serb5150

This is stupid. A treat now and then is OKAY.

Perhaps at HOME they're overloaded with this crap and get more of the same at school. To blame it ALL on school is RIDICULOUS.


27 posted on 12/06/2005 1:38:53 PM PST by nmh ( Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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