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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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There is a reason i turned out so good...
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.
Tooth decay, maybye. But this is British and they don’t much care for that stuff.
Another University junk science study.
How many steps is this away from “This is what the government allows your children to eat.”?
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?
"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!"
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?
Some folks just don’t have the tools to be intellectually challenged by children.
I ate candy like I was starving and I turned out great.
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!
You aint hard core till you snorted pixie sticks FRiend.
Betcha all those kids had potatos while growing up to be violent. (Or maybe potatoes.)
Their mothers didn’t love them enough to feed them healthy food and thus starved them emotionally. One of the results of Feminism.