Home Health Parents News Now Study: Banning Junk Food Sales in Schools Won't Prevent Obesity Study: Banning Junk Food Sales in Schools Won't Prevent Obesity By Holly Lebowitz Rossi January 23, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Study: Banning Junk Food Sales in Schools Won't Prevent Obesity 29460 Researchers at Pennsylvania State University tracked the body mass indexes of 19,450 students from fifth through eighth grade. In fifth grade, 59 percent of the children attended a school where candy, snacks or sugar-sweetened beverages were sold. By eighth grade, 86 percent did so. The researchers compared children's weight in schools where junk food was sold and in schools where it was banned. The scientists also evaluated eighth graders who moved into schools that sold junk food with those who did not, and children who never attended a school that sold snacks with those who did. And they compared children who always attended schools with snacks with those who moved out of such schools. No matter how the researchers looked at the data, they could find no correlation at all between obesity and attending a school where sweets and salty snacks were available. "Food preferences are established early in life," said Jennifer Van Hook, the lead author and a professor of sociology and demography at Penn State. "This problem of childhood obesity cannot be placed solely in the hands of schools." Image: Candy, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Study: Banning Junk Food Sales in Schools Won't Prevent Obesity Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.