• With: Stefanie Weiss, Lyss Stern

    This is a rush transcript from "Your World," December 18, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    STUART VARNEY, GUEST HOST: All right, now to the government's push to get kids to eat healthier. There's a problem.

    Out of $5.4 million being spent on fresh fruits and vegetables each day in our schools, about two-thirds of it winds up in the trash each day. Now a new study published in The Journal of Human Resources finds that giving kids a small reward, a financial reward, increases fruit and veggie consumption by 80 percent and cuts waste 33 percent.

    How big is the bribe? Anywhere from a nickel to a quarter to eat each portion.

    So, should we be paying kids to eat healthier?

    Mom Stefanie Weiss thinks it's a good idea. Mom Lyss Stern says it's ridiculous. We really do have two opposing points of view, I do believe.




    VARNEY: OK. Lyss, what's wrong with a little financial encouragement, if that's what it takes to make the kids eat some vegetables?


    What I think is wrong with a little financial investment towards these children to eat their fruits and vegetables is that it is wrong. That's bribery.


    STERN: And what I think the problem is that it should start at home. Parents should feed children healthy foods and vegetables and start that way when they're a young age, so that when they get to a certain age, they will enjoy fruits and vegetables and that is what they will want.



    VARNEY: OK. OK. Look, I know kids. They, no, I'm not eating brussels sprouts. I'm not eating it.

    STERN: That's fine. There are plenty of other vegetables out there.

    VARNEY: And if you offer them a nickel or -- no, a dollar, you offer them a dollar, eat that sprout, most of them would. And I think that's good.

    STERN: OK. That's great.


    VARNEY: Am I such a terrible parent?

    STERN: That's fine. And that's your opinion. But I believe the schools should not be paying the children to eat their fruits and vegetables.

    I also don't think it's setting a good precedent. Are we going to pay our children to go to school? Are we going to pay our children to get good grades? Is this where we're going?


    VARNEY: Stefanie, you have no problem with this?




    We're going to -- OK. So let's be honest. OK? I'm a mom. I have three kids. And let me tell you, I always say to my husband, they can be bought. And it is true.


    WEISS: I think this study -- we agree?

    VARNEY: Yes.

    WEISS: This study is fascinating.

    What I think you -- what -- what could be done is that it could be the money could go to a really cool thing for the school. Maybe they can put it toward a concert for the school with a celebrity.

    STERN: Yes.

    WEISS: Or maybe it could be put towards donating a swing set for the school and put to good use.

    But the bottom, bottom line is, kids can be bought. Right? Bribery works. It does.

    (CROSSTALK) VARNEY: OK, because forget the schools for a second. Let's talk about individual parents like the three of us, for example.