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Labels: let em eat broccoli, social science
posted by Mungowitz @ 1/17/2012 11:22:00 AM
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Why were they trying to find a weight correlation? Kids have fast metabolisms - they don't gain that much weight regardless of what they eat. They should measure the health of the children to find a correlation.I'm not saying we should ban vending machines. A lot of households don't know what a good diet looks like anyway, so even if you banned it at school, kids would still be eating junk at home and bringing junk food from home to school. I just think the researchers are looking for the wrong conclusion.
Also, I can see a huge endogeneity problem here. Maybe schools with many overweight children are more likely to remove snack vending machines.
Both of the above statements may be true if this were the first study to reach this conclusion. It is not.
I think your first sentence of analysis is wrong. The study found no link between junk food availability in schools and obesity. The study did NOT find no link between junk food an obesity (nor it did look for such a link).
The study found no link between junk food availability in schools and obesity. The study did NOT find no link between junk food an obesity (nor it did look for such a link)."Exactly this. Mungo is seldom unwilling to misstate evidence to support ideological positions. (e.g., "Half of Americans pay no taxes")
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