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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Does Candy Cause Crime?

Hat tip to Crime and Consequences for spotting this article in US News and World Report addressing a study that found a correlation between daily consumption of candy and other sweets by children and their later conviction of violent crimes as adults. Both question the study's implication that the sweets cause the crimes--e.g., according to US News, "[a] possible explanation for the candy-violence association is that giving children sweets and chocolate regularly may prevent them from learning to delay gratification. That, in turn, may encourage impulsivity, which is linked to delinquency."
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