In this paper, I will discuss the article, “Do Candy-Eating Kids Become Criminal Adults? ”. This article is from the well-known magazine, Time. This article describes the research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry entitled, Confectionery Consumption in Childhood and Adult Violence. The rationale for choosing to discuss this article runs parallel with my efforts to enhance my critical thinking skills when reading articles that are published in a popular media source.
Another reason for choosing to analyze this particular article is because I am studying to be a Dietitian and it relates to the effects of behavior due to food and diet. Summary of the Article The research that the article describes is the relationship between the level of candy one ate as a child and their police record as an adult. Simon Moore, who researches and lectures on violence and society at Cardiff University conducted the study. Moore asked children at the age of ten, all born in 1970, how much candy they ate.Twenty-four years later, he asked the same sample population if they’ve ever been charged for a crime. The study suggested that the more candy that was fed to the children at age ten, the more likely they would be convicted of a crime at the age of thirty-four, as stated using statistics, “ Moore’s analysis suggests a correlation: 69% of people who had been convicted of a violent act by age 34 reported eating candy almost everyday as youngsters” (Park, 2009, October 2).
The article gives the sense that Moore was quite intrigued with his findings and had a few viable explanations. In conclusion, it seems as though he boiled the results of the study down to the simple fact that those who weren’t taught the fundamentals of patience and hard work as a child, grew up and behaved as a result of this in their adult life. Describing the Variables of the Study The factors that vary in this research are clearly listed in this article. Independent VariablesThe independent variables of the study are the following; what the ten-year-old child ate (specifically measuring the amount of candy they ate per day), certain health measures, socioeconomic status, parental permissiveness, economic status, and where they lived Dependent Variable The effect of this study is whether or not the adult has ever been convicted of a violent crime; therefore, this is the dependent variable of the study. Problems and Limitations of the Study This research study seems to have all of its bases covered except for a few things. The research was initially done on ten-year-old children by asking how much candy they ate.It doesn’t say how the children actually tracked what they ate, so if they are going by memory, the accuracy of their responses may not have been exact.
When the adults were questioned about being convicted of a crime, they may have felt ashamed about being convicted of a crime and not answered truthfully. This brings up another point about how the researchers defined the crimes that were committed and how they determined which ones were violent or not. Finally, these adults may have committed acts of violence or crimes, but were just never arrested and charged. ConclusionThe importance of this study is to create awareness to parents about the adverse affects of handing over candy to their children whenever they want it. This research could potentially reduce the risk of their child growing up and becoming arrested, if they can teach their child to be patient and work hard for what they want in life. Understanding how to read magazine articles or analyze media findings referring to research studies will help me to identify and evaluate what is real and what may be over-embellished. Effective critical thinking will help to make better decisions in life and in my professional career.The research that I have done for this paper has also helped me gain knowledge for prevention efforts and to help spread awareness about candy.
References Albers, S. (2009, November 5). Kids & candy: the marshmellow test. Psychology Today.
Retrieved November 7, 2009, from http://www. psychologytoday. com/blog/comfort-cravings/200911/kids-candy-the-marshmallow-test Park, A.
(2009, October 2). Do candy-eating kids become criminal adults? Time. Retrieved November 7, 2009, from http://www. time. com/time/printout/0,8816,1927347,00.