New Study: Kids who eat candy every day grow up to be violent criminals

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    Quick, hide the candy jar! Feeding your child candy every day could help turn Junior into a violent criminal, according to a large study in Britain, which found that 69 percent of the participants who had committed violence by 34 had eaten sweets or chocolate nearly every day during childhood.

    For four decades, researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have studied nearly 17,500 participants born in 1970. They learned that 10-year-olds who munched on sweets daily were "significantly more likely" to have been convicted of violent crime by 34 than those who enjoyed candy as an occasional treat, according to the study published in the October British Journal of Psychiatry.

    Among theories for the apparent disturbing link between high candy consumption and violence, lead researcher Simon Moore found one particularly compelling. "Giving children sweets and chocolate regularly may stop them from learning how to wait to obtain something they want," Moore said in a statement. "Not being able to defer gratification may push them towards more impulsive behavior, which is strongly associated with delinquency."

    But other studies have also suggested a link between nutrition and violence. Pilot studies in Britain have shown that violence in prison can fall by 47 percent when inmates are given vitamins and other nutritional supplements every day, according to The Journal of Life Sciences. To that end, Oxford University researchers are undertaking a three-year nutrition study involving 1,000 young offenders at three institutions in England and Scotland.

    The magazine also cites research by Oxford professor Bernard Gesch, who published findings in 2002 in the British Journal of Psychiatry that young offenders who received active capsules of nutrients committed on average 26 percent fewer disciplinary offenses than those taking placebos. For more serious offenders, the reduction was 37 percent. "The law tends to assume that criminal behavior is entirely a matter of free will. But how can you exercise free will without involving your brain, and how can your brain function properly without proper nutrients?" Gesch told the magazine. "The brain is a fatty organ, and our modern diet does not provide enough nutrients for it."

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    I eat some kinda of candy/chocolate every day still.

    So WATCH OUT. One day i'm gonna snap and become a violent man :lol:

    You gotta love these wacky studies :)
     
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    There is some truth to that study. I see it first hand often in the school setting. Some children's bodies just can't "handle" sugar like others. They eat something sweet, and their activity level increases, almost to a hyper level. Even chocolate milk can do this in some kids. It depends on the chemistry in the body I suppose. I'm no expert, but what I have seen for the past 13 years of teaching is credible on this.

    I'm talking about the "hyper" part, not the criminal part. I ate candy like it was going out of style as a kid, and look how cool and smooth I am..................... :cool:
     
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    I think it's a silly study. That's like saying kids who drink milk every day grow up to be drug users. Every criminal has eaten candy as a kid and everybody who has ever used drugs most likely drank milk at some point in their youth. I don't think the study will fly on it's merits.
     
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    I ate candy everyday as a child, and still continue to.

    I'm happy to say that my record is free of violent charges :lol:
     
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    Correlation does not infer causation.

    Studies show that 98.9% of criminals drank tap water as children. This does not mean that children who drink tap water will become criminals...
     
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    Perhaps kids who were eating candy all the time every day lacked adequate parenting; perhaps that's what is really at play here?


    Interesting.
     
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    in all seriousness though.....kids eat way to much Sugar.... people with diabetes and pre-diabetes is at way to high a level.....eating way to much Sugar over time....does fuck you up....like Speed...Sugar kills....
     
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    There has also been some evidence that kids who eat a lot of sugar are more likely to become dependent upon alcohol as they grow older. Alcohol is essentially sugar, so it makes sense.
     
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    Stealing Candy from a Baby - It's the right thing to do! :lol:
     

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