Junk Science Leads to Junk Policies

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The main intellectual prop for Michelle Obama’s disastrous school lunch program “reform” which caused much of the school lunches served in this country to end up in the trash, has finally been exposed as a fraud:


A prominent Cornell University food researcher resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct, including misreporting data, the school announced Thursday.

Brian Wansink has been removed from all teaching and research positions and will retire at the end of the school year next June, Cornell said in a statement.

Wansink had previously helped update the U.S. dietary guidelines and is known for his research on consumer behavior, which has been widely cited including in articles by The Associated Press.

Go here to read the rest.  Here is his brilliant plan to get kids to eat the tasteless health food favored by the most former of our First Ladies:


Cornell University food marketing professor Brian Wansink has come under fire for employing misleading research practices in his studies that have influenced policies in nearly 30,000 school lunchrooms across the U.S.

Wansink is the co-director of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, a program backed by $22 million in federal funds that provides guidance to promote healthy eating in school lunchrooms.

The Smarter Lunchrooms program says its recommendations are scientifically backed in part by two research studies conducted by Wansink.

His experiments found that elementary school children aged eight to 11 are more likely to forego junk food in favor of healthy foods if given “creative, age-appropriate names” such as “X-Ray Vision Carrots,” “All-Star Apples,” and “Kooky Cucumbers.”

Go here to read the rest.  As any ad man could have told them, if the dog food tastes like crap, the dogs won’t eat it no matter what you call it.

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  1. But!



    That revokes one of Obama’s three legacies: Making School Lunches Inedible.

    In other news, Prof Ford is bearing false witness against Brett Kavanaugh in order to keep killing millions of babies.

  2. Why do we have school cafeterias? A few walk in refrigerators for the kids to store their lunch boxes ought to do.

    There is a problem with obesity in this country and there’s been a stupefying increase in the incidence of type II diabetes in the last 60 years. If you want to address that, you can put dieticians in medical practices and include them in the circle of 3d party beneficiaries. They certainly have a better claim to it than the ‘mental health’ trade.

    I’ve long suspected that elementary schools and dietary promotions were the locus of a certain amount of socially-sanctioned aggression.

  3. Art, I can’t speak to any universal study, but one thing I noticed when our boys were in school was that recess and physical education had been reduced to almost nothing. When I was in school, we averaged about an hour of recess through the day, plus PE three days a week. The total was about 7-8 hours of activity/week. By my boys’ time, recess was about 20-25 minutes/day. PE was twice a week. About 4.5 hours/week. And that was before 5th grade. By 5th grade, there was no real recess, just a stand about period for around 15 minutes, and PE 5 times every 2 weeks. I’ve often thought this was odd, given the focus on our kids’ obesity problems.

  4. All part of the Master Plan Dave. If those supersized butts can’t get out of the chairs, then they’ll have to listen to their social justice indoctrinators.

  5. My own observations are thus: Less recess time at school and less physical education (gym) play a role. More moms working in a career and not at home means more processed foods and less meals cooked at home. it is possible that participation in youth sports has decreased as more kids play video games.

    I was a kid and a teen in the 1970s. We always had some junk food at home no matter how much my mother says we didn’t. My three brothers and I had Coke and Pepsi in the 8 pack case 16 ounce returnable bottles. We had pretzels and chips. My mom baked cookies and brownies and why my grandmothers came to visit they baked, too. Dad used to stop at the Millbrook outlet store and buy zingers and other sugar filled goodies, and NONE of us ever got fat. Ever. We worked outside on yard work, rode our bikes, swam and played ball outside all summer. Cartoons were on 7-9 AM, 12-1 PM and 3-5 PM, and if we missed them no big deal. Oh we brought our lunches to school.

    School lunches and breakfasts are, i suspect, more farm pork and corporate welfare than they are about providing nutrition to poor children.

    Recess gets eliminated in 6th grade in our school district. Kids sit around too much at school.

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