Study Gone Wrong
A 2011 study at Louisiana State University showed that candy eating adolescents were significantly less likely to be overweight or obese than non-eaters.
The study tracked 11,000 young consumers who self reported the results. According to the study, the candy eating children were 22% less likely to be overweight than kids who did not indulge. The study was partially funded by the National Confectioners Association.
Huh? Wait a minute! Red flags all over the place!
Red flag #1; Some of the funding for the study came from a party having a stake in the outcome, representing a conflict of interest.
Red flag #2; Self reporting by test subjects can reduce the accuracy of a study. Subjects can forget some or all of what they are supposed to report, and, they may try to give technicians what they think are the “right” answers.
Red flag #3; The results simply make no sense! Any group eating high calorie candy, all else being equal with the control group, should show an increase in fat and weight.