School junk food ban works, study finds
Banning junk food from schools actually does have a beneficial effect on students, a new research study shows.
Schools that eliminated junk food from a la carte lines during school lunch hours have seen an 18 percent reduction in overweight or obese students, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The researchers, Associate Professor of Marketing Patricia Kennedy and Associate Professor of Finance Mary McGarvey, examined nutrition policies as well as survey information from students, parents and administrators at eight Midwestern schools, and then considered a range of other factors to gauge the effect of schools’ food policies on students’ weight.
The study suggests expanding the Agriculture Department’s current ban on selling so-called Foods of Limited Nutritional Value during school meal times to include all junk food a la carte selections.
Inexplicably, the current department ban doesn’t cover items such as candy bars, soda, potato chips, cookies and other high-fat snack foods. I wrote a little while ago about the rather incomplete list of foods banned in school cafeterias by the department; you can see the actual list here.
The researchers recommend that marketers of foods and beverages to children and adolescents limit or eliminate their sales of junk foods in schools, as well: “Marketers have known for some time that building long-term relationships with their consumers is much more profitable than having a constant turnover of buyers,” the study says.
With more than 30 million children being served lunch and 9.7 million being served breakfast each school day, the new evidence adds to a growing argument for tightening school food policies.
The findings, which appears online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, are from a three-year research project on child obesity that was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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| May 30, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
Categories: Health, Research | Tags: banning junk food, healthy school breakfasts, healthy school lunches, nutrition policies, research on junk food, school lunches, school nutrition policies, study on banning junk food, university of nebraska-lincoln
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