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Do Restrictions on Soda Sales at School Work to Curb Obesity?

Posted by on August 13, 2012 in In The News - Comments Off on Do Restrictions on Soda Sales at School Work to Curb Obesity?

School vending machines remain a target of health advocates.

In recent years, numerous efforts have been made to limit the consumption of soda and sugary sweets to school-aged children, with a goal of lessening the obesity epidemic. NPR’s Eliza Barclay reported that the outcomes have been difficult to measure.  But, research published today in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the restrictions have been working.  Lead author Daniel Taber from the University of Illinois, gathered data on fifth through eighth graders in 40 states.  They concluded that in those states with strict laws on the food sold in schools, children were less likely to remain overweight.  The most effective efforts focus upon vending machines and campus stores.  Some have been vocal opponents of these restrictions, including former Governor Sarah Palin, who said that they create a “nanny state run amok.”  Nonetheless, the laws are becoming more common, which should continue to have a positive impact on kids’ health.

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