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Ensuring that children consume less sugar is among the most effective ways to curb childhood obesity. Recently, with this goal in mind, school officials have begun to replace high calorie sugary drinks in school vending machines with bottled water, unsweetened fruit juices, and sugar free sodas. Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the school officials’ plan?

(A) Unsweetened fruit juices contain more sugar than does bottled water.

(B) Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.

(C) Sugar free sodas contain artificial sweeteners that some medical officials link to headaches and other health concerns.

(D) Sugary snack foods comprise the majority of sales in school vending machines.

(E) The average school-aged child consumes two twenty-ounce sugary drinks every day.
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I am with D.

We can narrow down to B and D as other choices are obviously wrong. D is best as it weakens the conclusion - "removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar"

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another D.

Does not lead to dramatic reduction in intake of sugar

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Ensuring that children consume less sugar is among the most effective ways to curb childhood obesity. Recently, with this goal in mind, school officials have begun to replace high calorie sugary drinks in school vending machines with bottled water, unsweetened fruit juices, and sugar free sodas. Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the school officials’ plan?
a. Unsweetened fruit juices contain more sugar than does bottled water.
b. Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.
c. Sugar free sodas contain artificial sweeteners that some medical officials link to headaches and other health concerns.
d. Sugary snack foods comprise the majority of sales in school vending machines.
e. The average school-aged child consumes two twenty-ounce sugary drinks every day.


D because the kids wont buy non sugary snacks

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I picked B because it directly targets and weakens the conclusion.

Conclusion: Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

B) Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.

D is also a good answer, but it doesn't address as well the claim that "students intake sugar is high because students spend so much time in school"

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I picked B because it directly targets and weakens the conclusion.

Conclusion: Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

B) Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.

D is also a good answer, but it doesn't address as well the claim that "students intake sugar is high because students spend so much time in school"

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Removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

Yes B weakens it, but look at D Majority of the stuff sold from VM is sugar based snacks and not the drinks. So students will keep buying the sugar based snacks and the non sugar drinks in atleast 51:49 ratio and that will NOT result in dramatic decrease.

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Great explanation. Thanks.

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I picked B because it directly targets and weakens the conclusion.

Conclusion: Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

B) Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.

D is also a good answer, but it doesn't address as well the claim that "students intake sugar is high because students spend so much time in school"

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Removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar.

Yes B weakens it, but look at D Majority of the stuff sold from VM is sugar based snacks and not the drinks. So students will keep buying the sugar based snacks and the non sugar drinks in atleast 51:49 ratio and that will NOT result in dramatic decrease.

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what is the OA for this....I am still thinking B....however I am also convienced with D

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Clear D. Here, it is assumed that sugary drinks supply sugar intake. However, if there is an alternate source (sugary snack), then the argument is weakend.

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New post 29 Oct 2008, 06:49
There's 2 assumptions actually.

One is the one you described.
The second one is the one I described: kids spend most of their time at school.

Icandy explained it well though - D is the stronger of the two.

OA is D.

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Clear D. Here, it is assumed that sugary drinks supply sugar intake. However, if there is an alternate source (sugary snack), then the argument is weakend.

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Ensuring that children consume less sugar is among the most effective ways to curb childhood obesity. Recently, with this goal in mind, school officials have begun to replace high calorie sugary drinks in school vending machines with bottled water, unsweetened fruit juices, and sugar free sodas. Since students spend so much time in school, officials reason that removing access to sugary drinks during school hours will cause a dramatic reduction in the intake of sugar. <-- CONCLUSION

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the school officials’ plan?

(A) Unsweetened fruit juices contain more sugar than does bottled water.
- who cares about differences between unsweetened fruit juices and bottled water? both less caloric than sugary drinks

(B) Many students have access to sugary drinks both before and after school.
- "before and after" school is IRRELEVANT to our conclusion (specifies DURING SCHOOL HOURS)

(C) Sugar free sodas contain artificial sweeteners that some medical officials link to headaches and other health concerns.
- out of scope. who cares about what (other) health concerns sugar free sodas lead to?

(D) Sugary snack foods comprise the majority of sales in school vending machines.
- correct as is

(E) The average school-aged child consumes two twenty-ounce sugary drinks every day.
- how does this relate to the removal of access to sugary drinks during school hours?


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