Cornell: Chicken on the bone makes kids aggressive

Posted May 2, 2014 by Larry Clifton
Researchers at Cornell University have something new for parents to obsess over. Serving chicken on the bone makes children disobey adults and twice as rowdy as other kids.
File photo: Dredged chicken legs ready for frying.
File photo: Dredged chicken legs ready for frying.
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The Cornell study concluded that kids who eat chicken on the bone are “twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive towards other kids.”
Apparently eating chicken is not the problem, though. According to the study, it’s the act of holding and biting a piece of chicken. Suffice to say researchers discovered aggression evolves from the combination of holding and biting their food.
Conversely, children who consume “cut-up pieces of food” instead of chewing on KFC drumsticks like T-Rex with an eating disorder, tend to be “more docile.” How docile? Twice as docile, according to the research.
The study published in Eating Behaviors stopped short of linking chewing chicken from bone to criminal behavior, but it definitely suggests parents who serve chicken on the bone are partially responsible for doubling aggression in our society.
Also not addressed by the report is whether the “more docile” children are bullied more often than their twice-as-aggressive, drumstick-crunching counterparts.
“I think people have been eating chicken wings, chicken drumsticks for a millennia and I don’t think it’s made them any more aggressive than they otherwise would have been,” clinical psychologist Dr. Brian Russell told Fox News.
The federal government funds about 60 percent of the research performed at universities. In 2009, that amounted to the federal government funding about $33 billion of universities’ total annual R&D spending of $55 billion.