$50K to Study Snacking Habits of College Freshmen


Every year, it seems our government comes up with a thousand new ways to waste taxpayer money, and every year, these expenditures get more ridiculous. Our military is slowly being stripped down to nothing, Social Security is going broke, our infrastructure is crumbling, and our space program is woefully underfunded. It’s not that the federal government isn’t getting enough money from the citizenry, it’s that they’re spending the money the way you might if next year’s budget depended on how much of this year’s you had left. Which, when you break the government down into its constituent parts, is exactly what’s happening.

To wit: The National Institutes of Health is getting ready to spend more than $50,000 to study how much snacking college students do when they’re drinking. Over two years, researchers will observe 175 college freshmen at the University of Kansas to see if their groundbreaking hypothesis – that drinking may lead to unhealthy eating – holds up. The study will also get to the bottom of a parallel question that we’ve all been dying to answer: Does “heavy alcohol use” cause college freshmen to gain weight?

This study is part of a larger NIH project which aims to demystify the “Freshmen 15” phenomenon. All in all, the agency has spent more than $1.5 million on the project. We can only imagine that President Obama and his ideological brethren will be eagerly awaiting the results. A whole new world of regulatory possibilities could open up. Who will protect these college kids from Budweiser and Doritos if not the Democratic Party?

Ok, ok, that’s too cynical. You’re right.

“The long-term goal of this research is to develop a prevention intervention that addresses both problems in college students,” says the grant.

See, it’s for the purpose of “prevention intervention,” not regulations.

Now what might that look like? Perhaps the NIH will release a series of public awareness videos with titles like: Chips and Beer: The Cellulite Combination. Maybe they’ll send counselors around the country to encourage freshmen to eat carrot sticks with their Coors. Or maybe they’ll follow the usual Obama path, which is to skip the propaganda and just go straight for the law. It’s so much easier to get people to do what you want them to do when you threaten them with fines and imprisonment. Much more efficient.

It was said often about Michelle Obama’s school lunch scheme and it’s worth saying again: If we’re ready as a nation to lose some fat, we should start with the government.


  1. MAHB001 says

    I wish I had a 50k food allowance when I was in school…. Might have even written down what I was eating for the fools that wanted to know…

    It is amazing how much money our Government can waste on understanding the people. .

    1. Jarhead says

      It is done to “MAKE WORK” for the unemployable……..AKA: Affirmative Action

    2. David in MA says

      understanding the people or information to control the people?

      1. MAHB001 says

        Very good point.

      2. pappy450 says

        Understanding how to better CONTROL the people! Or as they say INDOCTRINATION of the so-called “millennials” to become good little obedient COMMUNISTS.

    3. Ellen says

      Understanding the people? That does not sound right to me. But got your drift anyway. You are as much against it as I am and a lot of people.

      1. MAHB001 says

        If you understand what motivates people, you can control those people.

        I think our Government has morphed from being for the people to for the control of the people.

  2. MAHB001 says

    Our Government obviously has too much of our money.

    No more taxes, no more Government expansions.

    1. Jarhead says

      Start by DEFUNDING those FED/GOV Agencies with massive, growing corruption…i.e., DOJ, VA, BLM, EPA, DHS, Dept. of ED., obamaCARE…….

      1. AKLady2015 says

        A greasy piece of pizza can be the difference between life and death from alcohol poisoning.

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    2. Jimmy Quick says

      Its this idea that somehow they are now accomplished adults, or to put it in bumper sticker vernacular; “They’ve Arrived.”

      All they gotta do is stop smoking the dope, go to class on time, and do their homework.

      Maybe then they’ll stop getting so fat and lazy. They might even start to understand that school is just a stopping point to prepare themselves to do something with their lives besides complaining.

    3. pappy450 says

      THAT is why we need TRUMP in the White House. As an EXTREMELY successful BUSINESSMAN. he, and his team can put a proceed to put a STOP to all this corruption and wasteful spending, and start getting rid of all those corrupted “alphabet agencies”. (as Jarhead below has stated.) THAT is why the “elites” (FROM BOTH PARTIES) are fighting tooth and nail to keep him out, so they can continue to shove it up “We the People’s” backsides, and keep their CONTROL, MONEY, and POWER.

      1. MAHB001 says

        The Government needs a complete Reset… We need to throw the baby out with the bath water this time.

        1. AKLady2015 says

          You elect Congress.
          Maybe you should make better cholices.

          1. MAHB001 says

            You assume the elites actually count our votes.. I do not believe the elites are counting our votes anymore.

            Elite Republicans = Elite Democrats = Elite MEDIA = Elite Communist Cabal

            “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
            —-Joseph Stalin

      2. Dkix1ey says

        Trump has proven to be a successful businessman, and he will stop this corruption.

        1. pappy450 says

          If given a chance by the American People I believe he WILL. BUT watch out for Voter fraud that is already happening. (dead people on the rolls in some states) AND I still cannot understand HOW Hitlery, the lying CRIMINAL has already, “supposedly” (according to the LAME STREAM MEDIA) gotten all the “electoral college votes” she needs, and there has been no General election or votes cast yet. (more lies perhaps)

          1. Ellen says

            We should not underestimate the devil. Republicans and Trump should be very vigilant now. And us to. If you see something, say something.

          2. AKLady2015 says

            Suggest you learn how your government actually functions.
            Start with the Electoral College.

          3. AKLady2015 says

            VOTER FRAD IS A MYTH.

            We the People do not elect a President.
            We the People have never elected a President.
            We the People cannot elect President — the Constitution does not permit us to do so.
            Suggest you learn how your government actually functions.
            Start with the Electoral College.

        2. AKLady2015 says

          And he can be impeached in the blink of an eye.

      3. AKLady2015 says

        Congress makes the laws.
        Congress spends th money.
        YOU elect Congress.

    4. disqus_7KiKMOOd1L says

      Too much of our money and too much time on their hands. Cut the payroll if these guys don’t have more meaningful work to do!

  3. gotabgood says

    The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the
    presidential race. We’re doing it now.

    (trump just naturally brings the best out in everyone)

    In the 34-year
    history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the
    presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and
    haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and
    values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is
    different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never
    seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

    This year, the
    choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have
    significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates —
    Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the
    Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

    From the day he
    declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential
    debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament,
    knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

    Whether through
    indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by
    all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include
    unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression,
    and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts.
    He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant
    regard for constitutional protections.

    (Story under each heading)

    He is erratic.

    He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief.

    He traffics in prejudice

    His business career is checkered.

    He isn’t leveling with the American people.

    He speaks recklessly.

    He has coarsened the national dialogue.

    He’s a serial liar.

    Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton. Who
    has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national
    security or lead to a constitutional crisis).


    1. Nanette says

      Hillary has so many lies and deaths associated with her, it would be impossible to list them all. Yes we need to waste 50million studying why college freshmen gain weight. Do you Seriously think it will make any difference?

      1. gotabgood says

        Why do you do that???
        Do you have any idea the amount of investigations around the Clinton’s? and each and every one has been… no wrong doing found. You have had lawyers hounding them all their adult life. They have never convicted Hillary of ANYTHING… but you call her a liar and a murderer…. what about innocent until proven guilty? Ironic, she has been proven innocent BY YOUR OWN CONGRESS AND LAWYERS!!!
        As for the study I can think of a few places, like education, green energy… and stop offering fatty food in the cafeteria would help… and be cheaper.

    2. markypolo says

      Who reads that that RAG anyway? Idiots, morons, Imbeciles, Democrats, Liberals ( redundant I know).

      1. gotabgood says

        For one………………….. You need Hillary!!!
        A safe world.. we won’t get into a nuclear war the same day he is sworn in… instead of tweets he’ll be sending missiles at 3:20 AM.
        He does not know how to create jobs, he knows how to bankrupt a business and America is not a business!
        He is good… no… he is very good at lying and before you can prove him wrong he has already told another lie..

        1. mac12sam12 says

          Hillary wants to increase the muslim refugees in the US by 550% and ID+SIS is among them. Her policies have also turned the Middle East and Europe into chaos.
          Considering that Trump has 35,000 employees, I would say that he does know how to create jobs. Hillary’s economic plan would destroy jobs.

          One more thing, Zippy, no ones lies more than lying, crooked Hillary. Trump2016!!

          1. gotabgood says
        2. G.Mann says

          Fool…. even Bill Clinton replaced Hillary….. and he should know..

          You liked Bill Clinton… follow HIS lead…. reject and replace Hillary…

          The rest of us who can use our brains already have.

          1. gotabgood says

            Funny… I thought they were still together… unlike Trumps wives…. unlike Gingrich wives….. unlike Roger Ailes, (Trump’s adviser.. for what molestation?)… Or maybe you liked Paul Manafort, (who was on the Russian payroll)…..Or Steve Bannon runs the new vast right-wing conspiracy…
            Add all that up you have a bunch of lying, cheating, hypocritical, conniving, conspiracy loving, racist, women haters, molesters that this world has ever put together in one group ever.

          2. Nanette says

            Most of Hillary’s associates are DEAD so we can’t ask them!

          3. gotabgood says

            Bill is still alive and married to Hillary..
            Most.. as in more then one? Maybe you could name a couple?
            Try some truth on for a change… might do you some good.

          4. mac12sam12 says

            Bubba cheats, rapes and gropes and she’s a lesbian riding on his coattails.

          5. mac12sam12 says

            Zippy, you’re like Hillary with your personal attacks. She does this because she has no accomplishments and her economic and foreign policies will fail. What’s with all the name calling, Zippy? Grow up.

          6. gotabgood says

            Are these the kind of accomplishments you are looking for?? You’re right Hillary has none of these…. but Trump is showing himself..as a dictator admirer of foreign countries, to raping 13 years old girls… flip flopping on ALL issues.

            Breaking federal laws with Cuba. A trumped up Trump University..and now this…


            This is your man.. I am
            the greatest.. you took it hook, line and sinker.

            Slowly but surely things
            are coming out and you are denying… WHY?
            He is a blowhard, and a liar… and really he is not even a good liar.

            His taxes are leaking
            out all over the place like a backed up sewer line and has the same smell.

            Trump’s leaked tax returns help explain why he wants to end the estate

            The $916 million loss that Donald Trump reported on his 1995 income
            taxes was extraordinary. As Alan Cole from the conservative
            Tax Foundation notes,
            total net operating losses claimed on all individual income tax returns in 1995
            amounted to $49.3 billion.*

            That is, in that year, Trump claimed nearly 2% of all the net
            operating losses on individual tax returns in the entire country.




          7. mac12sam12 says

            Trump hasn’t done anything illegal, Zippy. When you have a loss you don’t pay taxes that year. After the housing market crashed Trump recovered and Time magazine called him the comeback kid. Henry Ford also went bankrupt twice, Zippy. Now instead of deflecting, tell me how the old lady’s economic plan will work. crickets…crickets…crickets…crickets…

          8. gotabgood says

            Unlike you.. I will wait and accept the findings on..
            Raping a 13 year old girl
            Trump University
            Tax evasion
            Embargo with Cuba

          9. mac12sam12 says

            if Trump dod rape a 13 year old he would have paid her off. The Daily Mail had an article on Jeff Epstein. Billionaire Epstein is a convicted pedophile and friends with Clinton. Clinton, Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew have been accused of having sex with Epstein’s underage prostitutes on his private island called Orgy Island. Me thinks Bubba’s been riding the Lolita express.

            Trump University, a non issue. Bill Clinton accepted $17 million dollars from the for profit college.

            If Mr. Trump had evaded taxes, he’d be in jail. He’s also paid hundreds of millions in federal, state and property taxes. Hope that was helpful, Zippy!!

          10. gotabgood says

            That article happen to mention Trump? He was there!
            And you should not think so much.. I can smell burning emptiness from here. Trying to tie Obama into this is a vision of how low you will go to shift the lime light away from your boy..
            Trump university is a non issue even after he paid off AG Bundi?
            Once again, you are putting YOUR facts into places they do not belong?
            And don’t worry.. remember this tax thing just recently came into the glaring lights of truth… so you might get your wish of him going to prison.
            You failed to mention embargo.. another federal offense.
            Now this new tape that just came out to show the world what Trump is really like… he may bow out of the race and end up in the divorce courts.

          11. mac12sam12 says

            The new tape. Is what Trump said worse than what Bill Clinton has done to women? No comparison. #Trump/Pence2016!!!!!!!!!!!

          12. gotabgood says

            The only thing Clinton was convicted of was a BJ.. the rest is speculation, opinions and rhetoric. Just like Trump was confessing on tape he F**ked some woman while married to Melania. plus numerous women have come forth and most likely more to come after this tape. and of course we have this investigation going on.
            By the way which would you rather have your mother, wife, sister, daughter have an interview with, Trump or Clinton?
            I know your answer… but your lying… you have never heard Clinton talk about women the way Trump has, which means he either has more class than Trump, or more respect for women… or most likely both!


          13. mac12sam12 says

            I heard two credible women talking about being raped by Bubba and boy women are democrats.

            The UK Daily Mail talked about Bill Clinton’s friend, Jeff Epstein. He’s a billionaire and convicted pedophile he employs underage prostitutes. Clinton, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew are involved with the underage prostitutes on Epstein’s Orgy Island. Clinton has also ditched his secret service five times during that period. Bubba “pervert” Clinton rides the Lolita express!

          14. gotabgood says

            Right here is the problem with your righties…. you only tell half the truth…
            The Billionaire Pedophile Who Could Bring Down Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
            Problem is, Bill is NOT running for President….. Trump is https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93eeff6eb69429e193822c0aa22b18c5270813a6582cac656e7a5a2f4d4df3d9.jpg !

          15. mac12sam12 says

            Trump was never mentioned in the UK Daily Mail. Look it up.

        3. markypolo says

          You really need to get off the drugs, stop smoking ‘pot’, and get a real JOB. I doubt you will ever be intelligent, but at least, you would understand why a Republican would vote for a WORKING millionaire for President over a Lying, thieving, murdering whore.

  4. gotabgood says

    Fox News reprimands Sean Hannity: Stop citing bullsh*t online polls claiming Trump won debate
    By Tuesday, a Fox News memo obtained by Business Insider had reprimanded Hannity and others at the network for relying on garbage polls that “do not meet our editorial standards.”

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    2. David in MA says

      This will change once all the regulars are removed and replaced with sharia news.

      1. gotabgood says

        This will change once get the “block-buster” rightwingers out of congress and senate.

        1. mac12sam12 says

          The right wingers in congress have gone right along with your 101 IQ president. Why do you think that Trump is so popular, Zippy?

          1. gotabgood says

            The reason Trump has any followers is because of the one cell amoeba idiots that follow him without thinking capabilities, reasoning powers or common sense


          2. mac12sam12 says

            Hillary is running on obama’s third term with the same failed economic policies as obama. Higher taxes and more regulation will further hurt the economy. Anyone that votes for her is a moron. Vote for success. Trump2016!!!!!

          3. gotabgood says

            Higher taxes on the RICH… will further help the economy
            Any one who votes for Trump will have many VP’s.
            Jong Un

          4. mac12sam12 says

            The top 1% already pay for almost 50% of all taxes, the top 10% (like me) pay 76% of all taxes. Higher taxes on businesses and corporations will not help the economy. Guess you’re a fan of big corrupt government. All you VP choices are left wing and better suited for old silver crotch, Hillary. Hope I was helpful, Zippy!

          5. gotabgood says

            The top 1% pays for nothing. most, if not all their money is off shore.
            The rest have loop holes you could even stick your head through.

          6. mac12sam12 says

            The top 1% pay 46% of all taxes, the top 10% pay 76% of all taxes, and the 47% crowd like you pay zero taxes. I support you and you’re welcome.

  5. headonstraight says

    $50,000 is small change if it can lead to ways to curb at least some of the rampant obesity in the U.S. population and thus help to lower health costs that burden federal health care programs. The college freshman cohort is a good choice because of the well-known tendency of that sector to gain excess weight in a well-defined period of their lives, weight that, in many cases, is never lost.

    1. Jimmy Quick says

      The dunce speaks!?!

    2. Susan Short says

      We have NO power over this. The obesity rate among jr. high and high school students is higher than ever before. I graduated from high school and college (1972) and a grad degree(1974) I don’t remember hardly any morbidly obese people back then, I stayed at a 24 bmi for those years and many after. Most of my friends were no more than in the slightly overweight range 27? or thin like me. I gained pounds with my two late pregnancies and after but am currently in the normal range. When I see these college cheerleaders, majorettes, and dance team girls at college homecoming, it freaks me out. Many are at the low end of obese. Suck it up girls, get off the pizza and beer and get a life. This from a former Miss America national finalist.

      1. headonstraight says

        We need to FIND ways to attack this obesity epidemic. It can be solved only through behavioral modification and that $50,000 study will focus on the behaviors that result in those typical 15-pound gains in the freshman year of college. My experience in high school and college in the 1950s-1960s was similar to yours. I looked through my old yearbooks for 7 of those years and there were very few overweight students in any of them. A great deal of the problem must be the result of physical inactivity, and that threatens to become worse, seeing how many young people get little more exercise that what they get fingering their cellphones and playing video games. In my schools, we played REAL games, known as SPORTS, whether or not we were on school teams. Touch football all morning long was not unusual. And most of us had no cars as teens, other than the occasional use of the family car. We got plenty of exercise on our bicycles.

  6. Jarhead says

    Hey a mere drop in the old bucket……the VA is hiring over 120 Art Designers to select art work to hang in VA Clinics & Hospitals………the budget is over $14 MILLION ……. While the VA continues it’s DEATH BY DELAY Policy……..

  7. David in MA says

    This is stupid, just go to the bars and ask the owner what his sales are.

  8. Gary Smith says

    We are not in enough debt we must spend money in shit like this?

  9. junkmailbin says

    a wste of my money like paying congressman for life or senators

  10. curmudgeon VN Veteran says

    Now there’s money ill spent.

  11. RichFromShowMe says

    Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooochelles influence on systematic stupidity will continue if “the rodham” is “selected”.

    This is the same NIH who wanted an extra billion to study the Zika Virus that’s been around since 1952.

  12. Natalie says

    Problem-liberal college ‘researchers’ spend years and millions of wasted tax dollars to ‘discover’ what is obvious to everyone but them. Solution- Oust everyone of these parasitic frauds from our state funded colleges, hire conservatives, sit back and enjoy the influx of common sense.

  13. snowyriver says

    Study of the “snacking habits” is very Important.. I am sooo glad our government has spent the money to study this…. BS BS BS.

  14. GuardianFlame says

    Our FEDs not only have too much of our money, but it has way too much time on their hands to seek out projects as “stupid and unnecessary” as observing college kids drinking beer and eating snacks.

    Did barrack and michael have a “heart to heart” about our poor college student’s extracurricular activities? NO. Michael probably saw a show abt College kids and their parties and decided he/she was going to stop these FAT Unhealthy kids from killing themselves! Truly, have you ever seen a grossly overweight college student? No. And if they had a weight issue, they probably wouldn’t be attending any college parties anyway.

    How in touch with the real wotld are those two obama leeches? Not at all. Neither probably had no friends nor did they “party” in college BECAUSE THEY NEVER ATTENDED COLLEGE THEMSELVES!
    When are Americans going to realize the “couple” occupying our White House is nothing but a sham “created” by Soros to resemble a “normal” acceptable American family? REALLY FOLKS, YOU’VE BEEN CONNED, DUPED, MISLED AND FOOLED…AND now our Country is bleeding and broken waiting to implode on itself.

    How sad that most of you still don”t get it! The obamas will spend all the U.S. $$ they can because it is part of their Destructive Agenda. That, along with dividimg our Nation’s races causing CHAOS, WEAKENING OUR DEFENCE systems, fragmenting our Christian Faith Foundations, AND forcing abnormal human behaviors on normal Americans declaring those misfit people “NORMAL” and the rest of us as being bigots because we don’t PLAY THEIR TWISTED HUMAN I.D. GAMES!

    Get a grip Americans!! This was your Country but YOU let the Liberals in and now “normal” has been redefined as “ABNORMAL”. Your life is going to suck if Killary gets in office. You think things are HOPELESS NOW? You don’t want to open THAT door! Trump may be an unknown, but he is the only ticket to a sane, NORMAL U.S.A. Killary will just follow her name — KILL OUR COUNTRY!

  15. glenn398 says

    The real problem is when a bill is passed for spending the majority of it is discretionary spending so that is where Obama gets huge amounts of money to spend wherever he wants to. It seem it is too much work for our congress to put together a real budget without all this discretionary spending.

    1. Ellen says

      Or honest enough and transparent enough not to add ‘add ons”.

      1. glenn398 says

        Either way it seems hardly anyone or enough are doing their job to justify them being there.

  16. Obie Miller says

    The names of those responsible for doing this need to be publicised, so we can stop this foolishness! There are far too many other more important (and even necessary) issues that first need to be addressed! Please publish their names, so we can work against this foolish expenditure!

  17. Archie Cogollos says

    Another level of stupid wasteful spending….

  18. Pauls1 says

    Government must get rid of ALL studies and surveies.

    1. Retired says

      How about abolishing add on to bills, that is how Tax dollars are wasted.

  19. patd says

    This criminal government must have forgot why they had an authorization to tax. The Constitution only gives them the right to tax to run the government for the good of the Nation! But these POS criminal politicians do nothing but waste on BS and give away our tax dollars to countries that hate us!!!!!!!!! Can’t fix STUPID!

  20. disqus_7KiKMOOd1L says

    Cut ALL federal agency budgets 3% below current levels – don’t just reduce the rate of budget increase 3%; make these actual cuts – and then freeze those budgets for at least 3 years. Then incentivize with bonuses to individuals, for those agencies that stay under budget. Having sold to state government agencies, I’ve seen where agencies would approach the end of their fiscal year under budget, then spend like crazy because they “had money left” to meet their budget. This also occurred with the few federal agencies I worked with. If part of that “leftover money” would go back to employees as bonuses, the incentive would be there to stay within budget every year.

    1. Retired says

      Just stop all grants and there would be a surplus.

  21. Robert Cruder says

    It seems that no matter what the question, conservatives have a simple, usually sectarian religious answer that is wrong.

    Some would say “go ahead and do the research and prove me right” but not conservatives. They so fear that real study would prove the opposite that EVERY study of human behavior must be labeled a waste of government money.

    One does not have to fear being proved wrong if one does not shoot off one’s mouth beforehand.

  22. Dkix1ey says

    Trump will move the United States back to where it belongs. Hilary is liberal and blind to what is happening in the world. She is listening to these dictators, and will destroy our country. Trump values the principals the TRUE United States stands for. God Bless America!

  23. Ellen says

    What the heck for? Put the money where it will do the most good. Like putting the money on how to stop and control Alzheimer’s, Dementia, etc. It is not their money so they try to waste it as much as they can. Somebody should start a petition on this.

  24. Ellen says

    Email the National Institute of Health. I will.

  25. AKLady2015 says

    Heart disease begins in childhood.
    Diabetes begins in childhood.
    Hypertension begins in childhood.
    Food consumed during alcohol consumption can markedly affect alchol absorbtion rates.

  26. AKLady2015 says

    Social Security is not going broke.
    Stop wirh the ignorant lies.

    In 2014 Social Security took in $769 billion and paid out $714 billion. The extra $55 billion went into the trust fund, which at the end of that year contained $2.729 trillion.

    Someone earning below $118,500 pays 6.2% of their income in Social Security taxes, while a hedge fund manager making $11.8 million pays only .062%

  27. Jordan48 says

    Obviously some Senator is giving away our hard earned tax dollars to some dumbed down educators within his or her state. This practice has been going on for decades. How does this study help anyone but some snack food company that is looking to market a new product that the Senator has or may consider investing in?

    1. Jordan48 says

      Its called market research. My question is what business does our Federal Government have in evaluating the snacking habits of people in general or in college students?

  28. Marilynn Reeves says

    Really——Who give a damn what anybody snakes on. This useless BS has to stop.

  29. ErnieLane says

    Trump ought to bring this up in the debate as an example of government waste.

  30. Justin Seine says

    ‘… Does “heavy alcohol use” cause college freshmen to gain weight?…’ – Yes, but the added body weight is offset by the loss of brain cells… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4163b068e67050ae225e0878b5aaf8ba02a669bb287c0f4cb38518dda3a5f3a8.jpg

  31. TeeJohn the Junkyard Dog says

    The snack industry or individual companies should fund this, not taxpayers.

  32. Jim Freund says

    What a waste of money ! And they don’t even give me a fair share out of OUR Social Security taken from me as from thirteen years old steady working. But do take out of it for national reasons. What a bummer, and lies about all that money !

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