The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brush Those Teeth!

...there is no clear evidence that schools are contributing to the growth in obesity. The obesity-related complaints about school lunches, vending machines, and physical education are based largely on the assumption that these factors are causing our kids to get fat. Yet, I find little evidence to support this claim. For example, in looking at survey data on the health behavior of middle and high school students, the factor I found that best predicted whether or not a kid was obese was tooth brushing. More important than how much junk food they ate, soda they drank, or physical education they received was whether or not they brushed their teeth.

That is an excerpt from J. Eric Oliver's Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic.

Marginal Revolution has more.


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