Time Out for a Treat… or NOT…

So today, my wife sends me a link to a TIME news story from Yahoo! News called, “Eating Candy in Childhood Linked to Adult Crime.” Basically, a study reported that “69% of people who had been convicted of a violent act by age 34 reported eating candy almost every day as youngsters; 42% of people who had not been arrested for violent behavior reported the same,” and this was across the board regardless of other environmental factors. The study didn’t surprise me, but it sure made me feel guilty about treating Malachy to a treat. The study questioned whether it was something in the sweets themselves that caused this or was it a matter of lack of discipline and self-control that caused this impulsive behavior in adulthood. Is it the candy that makes the child impulsive or is it the impulsiveness of the child which causes him to crave sweets? In other words, is it the diet that affects the behavior or the behavior that affects the diet? I’m guessing it can’t be all of one or the other, but it certainly makes you constantly question whether what you’re doing to/for your child today, will ultimately shape how he or she is as an individual later on. Ai ya.

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