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Eating Candy in Childhood Linked to Adult Crime
Time ^ | Oct. 3, 2009 | ALICE PARK

Posted on 10/03/2009 3:09:15 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

What parent hasn't used candy to pacify a cranky child or head off a brewing tantrum? When reasoning, threats and time-outs fail, a sugary treat often does the trick. But while that chocolate-covered balm may be highly effective in the short term, say British scientists, it may be setting youngsters up for problem behavior later. According to a new study, kids who eat too many treats at a young age risk becoming violent in adulthood.

The research was led by Simon Moore, a senior lecturer in Violence and Society Research at Cardiff University in the U.K., who specializes in the study of vulnerable youngsters. Moore had been investigating the factors that lead children to commit serious crimes, when, during the course of his work, he discovered that "kids with the worst problems tend to be impulsive risk takers, and that these kids had terrible diets - breakfast was a Coke and a bag of chips," he says. (See nine kid foods to avoid.)

Intrigued by this association, Moore turned to the British Cohort Study, a long-term survey of 17,000 people born during a one-week period in April 1970. That study included periodic evaluations of many different aspects of the growing children's lives, such as what they ate, certain health measures and socioeconomic status. Moore plumbed the data for information on kids' diet and their later behavior: at age 10, the children were asked how much candy they consumed, and at age 34, they were questioned about whether they had been convicted of a crime. Moore's analysis suggests a correlation: 69% of people who had been convicted of a violent act by age 34 reported eating candy almost every day as youngsters; 42% of people who had not been arrested for violent behavior reported the same.

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KEYWORDS: crime; foodpolice; psychology; riskybehavior; sugar; uselessinformation
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1 posted on 10/03/2009 3:09:16 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

See ???

There is a reason i turned out so good...


2 posted on 10/03/2009 3:11:55 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The UK should just lock all its citizens in rubber rooms and give them milk pablum and rubber spoons. Except the muzzies, of course, who get to own the place.


3 posted on 10/03/2009 3:12:13 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tooth decay, maybye. But this is British and they don’t much care for that stuff.

Crime? Phooey!


4 posted on 10/03/2009 3:12:19 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Say What???
5 posted on 10/03/2009 3:12:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another University junk science study.


6 posted on 10/03/2009 3:14:31 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many steps is this away from “This is what the government allows your children to eat.”?


7 posted on 10/03/2009 3:14:33 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The iron law of statics: If you cross correlate enough variables you're certain to find some “significant” correlations.

The number of people diagnosed as mental defectives in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century correlates strongly with the number of letters in the last name of the Vice-President of the United States. Coincidence?

8 posted on 10/03/2009 3:14:36 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't tell 0bama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
More bunkum from the “science” community.
9 posted on 10/03/2009 3:15:20 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Free ThinkerNY

"C'mon, kids! Breakfast is ready! Hurry up or you'll miss the bus! And I want to make sure you are evil and violent later in life!"

10 posted on 10/03/2009 3:15:51 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If I publish a paper saying that drinking Coke for breakfast leads to a life of crime, can I have a large research grant?

Maybe funded by Pepsi?


11 posted on 10/03/2009 3:15:59 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

12 posted on 10/03/2009 3:16:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

WANTED

Bad behavior

REWARD

$Candy$

Some folks just don’t have the tools to be intellectually challenged by children.


13 posted on 10/03/2009 3:17:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Deficit spending, trade deficits, unsecure mortages, worthless paper... ... not a problem. Oh yeah?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I ate candy like I was starving and I turned out great.


14 posted on 10/03/2009 3:19:27 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is great! Now I can do anything illegal and just blame the candy my mom let me eat in childhood. The Pez made me do it!


15 posted on 10/03/2009 3:20:33 PM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

16 posted on 10/03/2009 3:24:00 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

17 posted on 10/03/2009 3:25:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ottbmare

You aint hard core till you snorted pixie sticks FRiend.


18 posted on 10/03/2009 3:27:14 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Betcha all those kids had potatos while growing up to be violent. (Or maybe potatoes.)


19 posted on 10/03/2009 3:27:38 PM PDT by CPOSharky (Maybe nuclear winter would cure global warming.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Their mothers didn’t love them enough to feed them healthy food and thus starved them emotionally. One of the results of Feminism.


20 posted on 10/03/2009 3:31:39 PM PDT by donna (I never really had roots in any one place or culture or ethnic group. - Obama Olympics speech)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My guess is that the sugar coated cereals on every store shelves are as bad as candy...and is criminal!


21 posted on 10/03/2009 3:32:06 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is this the twinkie defense run amok?!


22 posted on 10/03/2009 3:34:25 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (http://koreanforniancooking.blogspot.com/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thank goodness, poptarts, cocoa puffs, and honeybuns aren’t candy.


23 posted on 10/03/2009 3:36:57 PM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So what’s next? Ban Halloween trick-or-treating and Easter baskets?

Seriously, this is so junk science. Maybe the parents that couldn’t feed their kids nutritious food also batted them about the head every day, didn’t talk with them, and didn’t set any moral standards. Did this “study” control for any of those factors?


24 posted on 10/03/2009 3:36:59 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m a stone cold dark chocolate killer.......


25 posted on 10/03/2009 3:37:42 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okay, I was a regular little Private Pyle as a kid, and I’ve so far managed to avoid committing any serious crimes.


26 posted on 10/03/2009 3:39:20 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: DoughtyOne

Maybe it wasn’t the candy that caused it but the parents who bribed kids for good behavior with candy so much that they grew up to be selfish, entitled criminals.


27 posted on 10/03/2009 3:42:47 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sometimes I can see logic in these studies, not this one. I suppose a parent that never says no and always caves to tiny tyrants will have a bratty “give it to me or else” kinda kid.


28 posted on 10/03/2009 3:43:49 PM PDT by momincombatboots (The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shoot I should be in Prison right now.. I mean I do poke people with needles all day.. Maybe that is my bad streak...


29 posted on 10/03/2009 3:45:31 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is why children should be rewarded with Slim Jims.


30 posted on 10/03/2009 3:54:27 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Right...it’s candy that is responsible for committing crimes in adulthood. It’s not no father in the home, poor parenting, peer pressure, greed, etc...it’s M&Ms and Hershey bars.


31 posted on 10/03/2009 4:04:21 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: samtheman

When I used to live in Scotland with the Hubbie, I used to go to the Woolworth on the High Street and buy £1.40p worth of candy and a bag of Quavers every week. But I swear I never robbed anyone.


32 posted on 10/03/2009 4:07:18 PM PDT by brwnsuga (Not a Slave!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who pays for all these dumb studies...the same thing could be said about peanutbutter and jelly sandwichs, because I am sure every criminal ate those sandwiches as a child...


33 posted on 10/03/2009 4:11:15 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I bet they drank water every day too!


34 posted on 10/03/2009 4:17:29 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Time/CNN it must be true, right?


35 posted on 10/03/2009 4:29:39 PM PDT by Freddd
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Then my friends and I should be on Death Row.


36 posted on 10/03/2009 4:31:24 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Obi-Wan Palin: Strike her down and she shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Alternative theory, based on same evidence: Junk food doesn’t contribute to children turning out badly, incompetent parenting does. To give a misbehaving child candy is to reward bad behavior. Teaching your children that bad behavior pays is a good start to turning them into criminals.

And as for the whole Coke-and-chips-for-breakfast - any parent who would permit that either a) isn’t attentive enough, or b) lacks judgment. I’m no health nut, but even I wouldn’t eat a breakfast like that, or permit any child under my supervision to.


37 posted on 10/03/2009 4:32:10 PM PDT by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe all this did was single out the spoiled kids.


38 posted on 10/03/2009 4:35:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: lonestar

I’ve often wondered why popular cereals have to be that sugary sweet. To me it’s almost nauseating. I’ve gone to things like corn flakes (that still may have some sugar but it isn’t “in your face” sweet).


39 posted on 10/03/2009 4:38:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Did this “study” control for any of those factors?

Apparently not. Is it just marginally possible that parents who cared enough to insist that their kids eat nutritious food where better parents who taught self discipline and right from wrong? Naw, it's the junk food pass some more taxes and ban candy.

40 posted on 10/03/2009 4:39:04 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

These researchers should demand their money back from whatever schools gave them degrees.


41 posted on 10/03/2009 4:42:00 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It is called poor parenting and candy/treats only reinforce the bad behavior. The treats themselves have nothing to do with it.


42 posted on 10/03/2009 4:42:51 PM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What about wearing diapers? Did you know that 100% of all killers and rapists once wore them?? 100% correlation!!!!


43 posted on 10/03/2009 4:44:23 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Corn Flakes are just mashed up bits of gypsum like corn stuck together with a liquid sugar cement. Even if it isn’t in your face sweet its still mostly that liquified sugar. I used to eat lots of different types and most cereal flakes are created that way. These days I have switched to an old boy scout favourite up here in Canada called Red River cereal (not sure if it is available in the US or not) and it is very healthy with no sugar but I do add some maple syrup for flavour.


44 posted on 10/03/2009 4:54:16 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Yaelle; SunkenCiv; null and void

I suppose prosecutors all ate sauerkraut as children


45 posted on 10/03/2009 4:56:08 PM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sugar-coated utrajunk science.


46 posted on 10/03/2009 4:57:47 PM PDT by NightOfTheLivingDems (Destroy the Dems in Two Thousand Ten)
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To: ValerieTexas

Would you believe there was a recipe bouncing around in the 70’s for “sauerkraut chocolate cake.” You just mixed the kraut in with the cake mix and some eggs and baked, and it was touted as the most wonderful thing. My mother tried it, and I am convinced the recipe was a prank. Cherries fill out a chocolate cake nicely — but the other stuff? Phew and yuck!


47 posted on 10/03/2009 4:59:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

And the first thing you learn in either Psychology or Statistics is that Correlational Studies CANNOT be used to establish cause-effect relationships.


48 posted on 10/03/2009 5:07:55 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1

True. Even if the correlation is valid, i.e., repeatable, representative of a true correlation, it doesn’t mean cause and effect. The first thing that occured to me was that parents who are lazy and indulgent get poor results.

It’s what’s known in statistics as colinearity. Many traits may be associated.


49 posted on 10/03/2009 5:11:58 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't tell 0bama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yes... like it completely fails to examine the “spoiled-child” hypothesis.


50 posted on 10/03/2009 5:15:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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