So far, $1 billion in federally funded school nutrition programs aren’t reducing child obesity, AP reports.
(The government) emphasizes fresh carrot and celery snacks, videos of dancing fruit, and hundreds of hours of lively lessons about how great you will feel if you eat well.
But an Associated Press review of scientific studies examining 57 such programs found mostly failure. Only four showed any real success in changing the way children eat . . .
â€¢Last year, a major federal pilot program offering free fruits and vegetables to school children showed that fifth-graders became less willing to eat them than they had been at the start.
â€¢In Pennsylvania, researchers went so far as to give prizes to school children who ate fruits and vegetables. That worked while the prizes were offered, but when the researchers came back seven months later, the kids had reverted to their original eating habits.
â€¢In studies where children tell researchers they are eating better or exercising more, there is usually no change in blood pressure, body size or cholesterol measures.
Obesity starts at home, where kids do most of their eating.