The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were “twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids” when eating food they had to hold and bite.So, now studies have jumped the shark. This study is so stupid, so ridiculous, so outlandish that it stretches credulity beyond its ability to snap back.
Researches found that children were more docile when eating cut-up pieces of food, results which would seem to indicate that there is a connection between having to use teeth to eat and aggressive behavior.
So, if I understand this right, the following are ok to eat with your hands:
- ice cream [cones]
- corn dogs
- sausage on a stick
- anything on a stick
- candy bars
- all sandwiches
- glasses of water, juice
If we do decide that meat-on-the-bone are causing violence in kids and need to feed them chicken tenders, what about the larger number of people we would have to employ to rip the meat off of the bones "for the children"? What are the implications for them? Seems to me ripping the raw meat off of bones with your bare hands would instill even GREATER violence than just eating.
So, maybe we can't infer that other foods are ok to eat with our hands. So, I guess we should really start to fret as to what to do until more studies are done!!
And the really sad thing about this? There will be people who really believe the study is true.