Gaining weight one box top at a time

I was thinking about if Box Tops for Education have had an impact on childhood obesity. Participating food products include:

  • Batman™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Scooby-Doo™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Shark Bites Fruit Flavored Snacks
  • Spider-Man® Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Tonka™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Transformers Fruit Shapes
  • Pillsbury® Create ‘n Bake® Cookies
  • LAND O LAKES® Margarine (Sticks and tubs)

And a bunch more.

On Nutrition wrote about it, doing a non-scientific study:

As you can image, most of the food products promoted by the Box Tops for Education program are processed. You can view the participating products for yourself. The list changes often as new products are added and limited products are deleted. Of the one hundred and eighty-eight products that I looked at, 14.3% were healthy, 14.8% were pseudo-healthy, and 70.7% were refined.