Study links laws on school snacks with healthier kids
Do regulations really help?
- Duration 4:02
- Date Aug 13, 2012
Do regulations really help?
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Up from that -- is Randy is statistics and obesity across the pantry and the rates remain very high every state in this nation.
Has an obesity rate about 20% which means one in five adults are obese.
And we're learning this information from the CDC as we get some brand new information on childhood obesity from a separate study a brand new study came out.
That finds that kids who live in states that regulate the sale of sugary snacks.
And drinks in public schools.
Gained less weight.
Then those living in states with no such a lot of great at beginning of the school year doctor Marc Siegel of -- that he did daddy -- a professor of medicine and why you lingering medical center of Fox News.
-- eighteen member so.
Over six having kids looked at between 2004200740.
States the kids that -- those regulations at school are thinner doctors at a is that a sign at least that's -- nationwide regulation.
Well let's let's hold on -- minute first of all this is a small study of about 6000 kids.
There -- so anywhere from fifth to eighth grade and they only lost 2.2 pounds over that period of time compared indicate any -- school that -- regulate exactly from 2004 to 2007.
Forty states -- those laws that restrict -- region substances.
So does things like that desserts.
So I think this is preliminary I don't think that this proves that having these laws -- -- makes a huge impact.
Interestingly enough as you already pointed out to -- before we came on.
The center for disease control's new map.
Of which states have the worst obesity including Mississippi and Kentucky are some of the same states -- the 30% of kids in these states are obese so it -- -- -- -- some of the same states with the most regulation.
-- good are you there they're trying to get the kids on an early passes and better choices and here's an example report regulations.
I you can only have flavored or an flavored milk of 1% fat -- last.
You can have flavored or -- inflict -- flavored non caloric noncarbonated water a 100% -- -- specialists use.
Any beverage which is not contain more than ten grams shares he can't have a -- -- for example in school.
As a doctor do you see that kids that are not exposed can't get a Coca-Cola can -- -- -- here is brighter.
He sugary drinks well actually make better choices as adults you see that correlation is a doctor.
I totally see that Jenna and I think that's a very fair point I think the question here is who was going to do that is that going to be the government or is that going to be parents cause.
I think it starts in the icebox what do you have at home I don't have soda and my -- in my refrigerator I don't have that ice cream anymore the more I take out.
The better my kids do when they go to school and I'll take a funny when I go to schools and here's what I see they got the healthy choices over here.
They got the French Fries and pizza over here where do you think the kids go -- they may even the broccoli so I don't I don't know how to actually get that to work better -- -- and I'm not sure that restrictions it.
A -- let me ask you that is the foundation the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that helped finance the study is in favor of more regulations nationwide regulations and we're seeing us on every level -- You know whether it's the marry -- New York City as a senior regulate what we can buy here in the city's first sugary drinks -- what we get to our kids.
But one in five people -- this country is -- So what's the what is the -- We have to take that really seriously because in my offices and in -- I'm seeing the results of that when you're obese.
You can get diabetes junior high blood pressure you can -- heart disease it's a terrible problem we gotta do something.
I -- restricting some of these cells -- this is not a terrible idea but I think it's better.
To put out of other things in the place I'd like to see not -- just healthy alternatives.
But let let them predominate.
You know let's get the -- -- by bringing the water in by bringing the seltzer is.
I don't like the punitive feeling of the laws.
But I definitely definitely believe in healthy alternative so how we gonna go about doing it.
I prefer by encouraging public education how about teaching Americans have a teaching our parent does every parent out there are not -- -- bad.
You get a get a teaser as I'm worried CNN IPO and I'm a daughter the teacher she made healthy choices but you have to make sure that everyone's educated as well doctor -- thank you very much great.