A recent study, conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics, revealed that children who reside in states that have strong laws regarding the sale of junk food may be less likely to become obese. Dr. Daniel Taber, who led the study, concluded that consistent laws in each grade are crucial for the junk food laws to have a positive impact on children’s weight. The study examined school nutritional requirements and tracked the weight of children in fifth thru eighth grade across 40 states. The states with more stringent junk food laws were more specific about the nutritional content required for healthy foods.
For more details about this new study, see Pediatrics or the Huffington Post. Do you think states should have stricter junk food laws to promote healthy eating at a young age? Do you think eating healthy as a child will promote lifelong positive eating choices? Share your thoughts.