Candy-Eating Kids, Violent Adults

| 11/30/2009 11:46:16 AM

Candy Children who eat a lot of candy are more likely to grow up to be violent adults. In a study of more than 17,000 kids, researchers found “a significant association between candy consumption as a child and violent behavior as an adult,” Brain Blogger reports, even when accounting for other variables. The candy itself, though, isn’t the problem. Researchers speculate that the violence stems from the children’s inability to make good choices. When parents bribe their kids with candy for good behavior, the children aren’t learning to delay gratification, which can make them more impulsive and violent. This is not to discount the effect of diet on people’s behavior entirely, however. Researchers are now looking into prisons to see if a more balanced diet can actually reduce violence.

Source: Brain Blogger 

12/1/2009 9:20:49 PM

While I agree that foods can affect mood, and nutrition has an impact on physical development, I think this is a prime example of fuzzy logic. I am more inclined to believe that permissive and ineffective parenting, physical and mental abuse, mental illness, brain injury, and poor impulse control are bigger factors overall. This report lacks details such as actual numbers and percents to draw conclusions, but it is an interesting theory.

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