A new study suggests a possible correlation between schools that
crack down on the sale of junk food and the decline of childhood
The information was gathered through observing 6,300 fifth-
through eighth-grade students in 40 states over a three-year
period. Though researchers caution that the findings are
preliminary, Dr. J. Scott Ries of the Christian Medical
Association (CMA) finds it interesting that stricter laws are
contributing to the decline.
"Not only between fifth and
eighth grade did they have less weight gain, but children who were
overweight in fifth grade had normalized their weight more so in
states that had stronger laws on the books than kids in states with
less strong laws," he relays.
Though he recognizes that government restrictions are
politically controversial, Dr. Ries says schools do need to rein in
the availability of junk food.
"There's no constitutional right to junk food here," he states.
"The kids can still eat what they want, but this issue, I think, is
ultimately going to be about requiring the institutions to provide
healthier food options and [regulating] that a little bit
But the CMA spokesman is quick to add that any guidelines
should be handled at the state level -- without any federal