Waste Watch: $2 million tax dollars to learn if kids will eat food that's been sneezed on

UPDATE: In tonight's Fox 17 Waste Watch, Nearly 2 million of our tax dollars are being spent to learn if kids will eat food that has been sneezed on.

One report by researchers shows kids prefer to be wealthy rather than poor.

Another one shows multi-lingual kids have better communication skills.

These are among eight reports by researchers after spending the past five years studying kids eating habits.

The study by University of Chicago researchers continues to spend almost $400,000 tax dollars a year well into 2017.

Fox 17 reached out to the National Institutes of Health which doles out the federal money.

The NIH tells Fox 17 its long-term goal of the study is to design ways to curb obesity, promoting life-long healthy eating habits.

But Oklahoma Senator James Lankford (R) is among lawmakers sneezing at taxpayer-funded research of a toddlers desire to eat dirty food.

Senator Lankford says, "Now I think we could have answered that question for less than 2 million dollars."

Senator Lankford supports our tax dollars funding the research of complex medical conditions that lack cures rather than spending the money to research things that are already common knowledge.

He points this out as part of $250-billion dollars he says are inefficiently spent by our federal government.

"If we don't get economic activity and we do not control our spending, this doesn't get better in the days ahead. It gets worse."

The NIH says this study will continue through March 2017.


More than $1.8 million of our federal tax dollars went to funding a study on whether children will eat food that has been sneezed on.

More specifically, the study is through the National Institutes of Health.

Its goal is to study children’s food habits, but it’s only finding common sense things like children not wanting to eat foods that have been sneezed on, or they don’t want to eat food that has been licked.

The study has been ongoing since 2012, with more than $300,000 tax dollars spent on it per year.

And it continues.

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