Kids are pretty resourceful.
Just because a school is going to ban soda and sugary drinks doesn't mean they won't have them some other time, or find them somewhere else. We're not shocked by this at all: banning soda from schools doesn't lower the kids' consumption.
"The more comprehensive laws, they accomplish their goal in that they're designed to get these sweetened beverages out of schools. It suggests there have been positive changes to the school food environment overall, that schools are healthier. I wouldn't see this as a failure, it's just that that's not going to be enough. To reduce sweetened beverage consumption, and ultimately to reduce obesity, it's going to take more comprehensive policy initiatives."
How does "it didn't really change anything at all" not constitute a failure? Though, it's right to say that no change at all isn't really enough change, technically.
We understand that maybe some sort of healthier drink or something with more vitamins might be consumed at school, but is that enough to constitute "healthy" if they just go home and drink whatever they please? Or grab a root beer on the way home?
We DO think that it's helping by putting the kids into a healthy environment, and hopefully that environment will eventually reflect itself at home. It just needs something more.
Listen, we're not experts. We want to stop obesity and have healthy kids! That'd be so fab!
But what we do know is that going around saying "no change" is a success is absurd. How about you focus less on making sure people think it's a success and actually figure out how to make it one?
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