Junk Food Junk Science Exposed

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Much of the litigation our clients confront on a daily basis seems predicated on the philosophy that all predicaments, all injuries, must be the fault of someone else. There is no such thing as personal responsibility; individuals need not face the consequences of choices they make. Why change your risky behavior when you can sue someone else for it?

This same approach is the foundation of the effort to remove all soda and so-called “junk foods” from our schools. But, is the mere availability of such products in schools actually the cause of childhood obesity -- certainly an important public health concern?

Readers may want to note a recent study published in the journal Sociology of Education. See VanHook & Altman, Competitive Food Sales in Schools and Childhood Obesity: A Longitudinal Study, 85 Sociology of Education 23 (January 2012).

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