There was commentary on 680 News out of Toronto this morning (Friday, August 16, 2013) Quoting some statistics about the effect of soda on children and how it makes them aggressive. There is a piece on CBS news as well.
Is soda really the problem?
Apparently, children who have at least one soda per day are more aggressive than those who don’t. Those who have four or more per day become really aggressive. Is soda really the problem or are there other factors at play and we have only measured the one factor in isolation?
Statistics. The numbers don’t lie!
Well, I agree that the numbers don’t lie. Statistics can though. It’s all in how the question is asked that produces the statistics and how those are presented that tells the story you want to tell. Is it all a lie? No but it’s not the whole truth either. Before you ever form an opinion, make sure you know the WHOLE story!
Let’s get back to the soda thing. Is it the soda that makes children more aggressive or is it the parenting? When I think about how we raised our kids, they only got soda on special occasions and the odd treat. They weren’t any more aggressive because of the soda. Now, when you ask only about children who drink soda, you might get a very different answer.
Why would they be drinking more soda? Likely because of permissive parents who don’t want to say no and put up with the fight with their children. My belief is that this permissiveness leads to children having certain expectations and not being willing to accept the word no. For God’s sake, they are even eliminating the word no from the teachers’ vocabulary in schools now! And they wonder why dealing with teenagers is becoming so difficult.
So, I ask the question: Is soda the problem with kids today?
Make it a great day,
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for children. I’m thankful for teachers. I’m thankful for the right to different opinions.
What are you thankful for today?