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Could eating chicken on the bone make kids more aggressive?

Could Eating Chicken On The Bone Make Kids More Aggressive?

Getting children to behave better could be as easy as swapping that chicken leg for smaller pieces of food they can eat with a fork.

According to KPTV, "A study in the journal of Eating Behaviors finds kids are more socially aggressive and disobedient when they have to hold onto their food."

The study's authors say they found that kids between the ages of 6 and 10 were more aggressive and rowdier when they were given foods they had to eat with their front teeth, like drumsticks, corn on the cob or apples.

Researchers at Cornell University observed 12 elementary school students for two days during a summer camp.

Eating Behaviors notes on the first day, half the children were given chicken on the bone to eat for lunch while the other six children ate boneless chicken cut into bite-sized pieces. Then, on the second day, they switched the children over.

Science Daily reports the researchers filmed the children eating on both days and then had experts evaluate their behavior for aggressiveness, compliance and whether they exhibited any particularly rowdy behaviors.

The study's lead author Brian Wansink says he and his team found that the children who ate the chicken on the bone were twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids.

"So think twice if you have an option of giving your kids forks and knives to eat with, or hands. That's one road, one step, toward better behaved kids."

But before you snatch that chicken wing from your child's hand, it's important to note kids need time during the day to let off some steam.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has emphasized the importance of school recesses because they give children physical, emotional, social and cognitive benefits.

And a clinical psychologist told Fox News he's not buying the researchers' conclusion.

"I put absolutely zero chicken stock in this study. I think people have been eating chicken wings, chicken drumsticks for a millennia and I don't think it's made them any more aggressive than they otherwise would have been."

The study was published April 1 in the journal Eating Behaviors.

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MissMarsh May 03 2014 at 6:17 PM

12 kids for two days, you've got to be kidding!! I've cared for all ages of kids for 22 years, feeding them all kinds of food. Never have I seen aggressive behavior from giving them a chicken leg! Usually negative behaviors in a group strart with one child acting out, then it spreads like wildfire!! Simply kids being kids!

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wstarhopper May 03 2014 at 4:55 PM

This is just someone who had way to much time on their hands and not enough common sense

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Susan May 03 2014 at 4:52 PM

I agree! Zero credibility to this study! Only thing that made any sense is more playtime & recess!

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jjdp Susan May 03 2014 at 6:22 PM

I agree they need toburn off energy, if not you end p with kids that can't sit still. My neighbor needs to take her kids outside, she's too lazy to do so. For 2 yrs. I've listened to constant running around all dy long,whn they are home.

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retiredatf May 03 2014 at 4:44 PM

Was taxpayer money used to fund this silly study? Incredible!

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patriot1too May 03 2014 at 4:27 PM

This has to be the dumbest nonsense from the big brother mind and thought police we have ever heard. Clearly they want people to be just dumbed down sheeple who go along with any new age crack pot agenda they have to control us. Dont drink the kool aid folks. They are liberal extremisist wasteing our tax money. God bless America.

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SweetfeetBaby May 03 2014 at 4:14 PM

Researchers made money doing his. Unbelievable.

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nikkitytom May 03 2014 at 4:09 PM

I do NOT believe this. An actual "study" was conducted to ascertain whether eating food on the bone makes kids aggressive. Ridiculous. Kids are more aggressive because the TV and video blasts violence at them twenty four hours a day. That's why

And the speed of imagery in ads and cartoons is way beyond what is comfortable for the brain. It's a miracle we're not all bopping around crazy as loons ... Adults as well as children.

pass me the drumstick and find somethiing more important to study.

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muzzie123 May 03 2014 at 4:00 PM


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pup274 May 03 2014 at 3:49 PM

what if holding a knife or fork makes them think of killing someone. Thes people are totally nuts and they are trying to spread their insanity.

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sitemfg May 03 2014 at 3:39 PM

Who thinks about this crap.

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