The Obama administration was not precisely understood to spend public cash responsibly for its finesse. This year’s study results on the prospective impact of air pollution on childhood obesity demonstrate that point again.
Former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency granted a grant of $4,146,875 million to the University of Southern California in 2013, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The aim of the grant was to finance a five-year survey to find a connection between “near-road air emissions” and obese kids. However, the study came up empty.
Earlier this year, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released the survey, pointing out that scientists were unable to link air pollutant exposure to childhood diabetes. The research found a connection between polluted water and a change in fast-food usage patterns.
So, the research was focused on children’s “self-reported” data. And we all understand kids never lie about anything, correct?
The information collected from the students was not sufficient as expected. The scientific explanation attempts to make the failed study sound slightly less of a failure.
“However, because there was no significant association between childhood air pollutant exposure and obesity or overweight in this study sample,” the study explains, “the mediation effect of food pattern factor scores in the association between air pollutant exposure and obesity could not be examined under a consistent mediation model.”
The study also failed to connect air pollutants to higher “sweet food” or high-calorie intake of food.
“Future studies are warranted to identify specific air pollutant chemicals that could have a causal effect on altering children’s dietary behavior,” the study said.
According to a mind-blowing statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 32 percent of U.S. kids and teenagers are obese. No one thinks this is a domestic issue — one that is probable to continue to wreak havoc on a struggling health care scheme for years to come.