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Stop Junk Food Marketing To Kids

Hits: 10170 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Male, 30-39, Europe
 760 Posts
Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:36:04 PM
I'm not a massive fan of Jamie Oliver or anything but when he came to the USA with his healthy food for schoolkids campaign, the viewing public basically said 'No, we don't want to listen to you. We aren't going to watch your programme. Go away'
He appeared on Letterman to boost his campaign and was told in no uncertain terms that it wouldn't work.
I guess you can't help people who aren't willing to help themselves.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 523 Posts
Sunday, December 11, 2011 4:09:51 PM
so just how many parents are dumb enough to know that berries aren't actually in a cereal with that name? that when a cartoon is on the box, the box is mostly sugar? when you have a rabbit, a bird, a small green man, etc, hyped on sugar so much so they run away to get a fix for themselves - it's the parents fault not the companies that make it. they buy it, not the kids.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 621 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:38:01 PM
... mandatory.

(Dang, so close!)

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 621 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:37:04 PM
This video makes some very good, very lame, and mixed points:

The lame:
"People try to sell food with sugar, salt and fat." Well duh, that's because those things taste good, thus sell well.

"Companies advertise their products." Of course! Companies that advertise get more sales than ones that don't! And they have a right to do this!

The good:
"Industries lobby against voluntary nutrition guidelines, etc..." Yeah, this is some damned sneaky BS companies try to pull. We need to let our congress persons know not to talked out of trying to educate the public.

"Truth in advertising is lacking." Yup!

The mixed:
"Companies pull off PR stunts in our schools." Yeah, this kind of sucks, but with the crappy funding schools get, it's a last resort for some schools.

The answer:
Teach moderation. Junk food is OK in limited amounts, but proper diet and exercise education should be

Female, 18-29, Australia
 138 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 5:17:56 PM
Angry Rant time: I'm a step mum with four kids. I also work for one of these multinational junk food companies. (I'm not high up and this is my personal opinion) It is the parents decision on what to feed their kids. My kids might ask for a burger or trix but do they get it... NO. Very rarely do they get something sweet or junk food orientated. Parents are the ones to blame, they are your kids for f-sake they don't control you, you control them stop being a f-pussy and stand up, if you can't say no to your kids when they ask for a burger... GROW SOME BALLS. I know a kid who gets everything he wants and now at school no one wants to hang out with him cause he is an non-nice individual. Parents need to learn how to parent.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 1107 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 1:32:23 PM
Now I want a burger

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2496 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:22:57 PM
Why does it matter how many junk food commercials kids see? Aren't the parents the ones choosing what their kids eat?

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 431 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 11:52:12 AM
The waste-products of weaponised e-coli isn't GOOD enough as a sweetener for anyone anymore?

Uhm... what? Aspartame was discovered as an accident from a dude trying to develop an anti-ulcer medication, and all scientific evidence suggests that it's perfectly safe when consumed at reasonable levels. In fact, it's one of the most highly tested and scrutinized food additives ever invented.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 188 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:18:52 AM
In the words of Russell Howard:
"Ban the adverts? Ban your fanny until you can look after what plops out of it!"

Male, 50-59, Europe
 1111 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:46:12 AM
Hey, if you can't support the big corporations in this day and age, what's left? They're even saying that Aspartame is bad for you now....what the hell is wrong with these people? Doesn't bone cancer mean anything at all now? Where's the righteousness behind Aspartame and the awesome Donald Rumsfeld? The waste-products of weaponised e-coli isn't GOOD enough as a sweetener for anyone anymore? Wake up, people! We only want you to live to 65 or so (is THAT too much to ask?) We WANT your pensions. We have people here that are money-junkies. They NEED their fix of 100K per month....JUST TO SURVIVE! Would you (could you) deny these living saints this small (nay, miniscule) monetary sacrifice from you, the great unwashed...to realise some banker's dream!
Look into your hearts, America (cos they're coming for YOU...FIRST!) Can you, in all conscience, deny these GODS their money?

Well, it would appear you can!

Best of luck, 'USA'. (Wilful ignorance is AWESOME by the w

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 935 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:41:40 AM
Food in general gives kids energy. Kids are hyper by nature, because they typically have short attention spans and get bored. They are also wired to try new things, explore and develop their motor skills. If you give kids a pack a skittles, or some rice, chicken and broccoli, both will have raised blood sugar and hence more energy.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 91 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:50:59 AM

Male, 18-29, Europe
 30 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:08:48 AM
you know there is not evidence that sugary and colouring stuff like skittles causes hyer-activity? It's been found to be like, a placebo effect. I'll see if i can find the reports anywhere

Female, 30-39, Australia
 514 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:03:09 AM
Unfortunately, I think a lot of adults are somewhat unaware of what constitutes good nutrition, correct portion sizes, & appropriate calorific intake. So if they don't know what & how they're supposed to eat, how in heck can they make good decisions for their kids & teach them the life skills they need to eat responsibly?

And as an aside...sugar is like freaking crack cocaine. Except cheaper. And yes, there is a theory that it is addictive. I cut most fructose out of the family's diet 3 months ago (because I'm mean like that) & the difference it's made to the way food tastes has been astonishing...food tastes good. Stuff like McDs tastes disgusting (I tried it a few weeks ago...all I could taste was salt & fat, it was horrible). And the kid's behaviour has improved dramaticly. It would be good to see food companies in general reduce their sugar levels because it's in *everything*.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 30 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:57:36 AM
funnily enough, I was a kid. I'm 18 now and have been living in my own at uni for a while, and I'm not fat, at all, I'm not diabetic and I don't have health issues. Sure, I live in the Uk where there is slightly less rampant consumerism and I think we're slightly healthier, but I had the same opportunities as all the fat kids out there. You can't blame food companies for all of this, it's down to the individual or the parents. My parents were pretty strict with what I ate but once I was old enough they didn't stop me buying sweets/junk food, because they knew I wasn't a drating moron. You can't blame companies for making your stupid kids fat. Give them some drating trainers and make them go for a drating jog.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 373 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:41:04 AM
Like everyone else has said, it's up to parents to learn how to say no to their kids.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:35:07 AM
I haven't been to a fast food restaurant in over 6 months. They don't take food stamps.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 38 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 5:51:04 AM
bad parenting.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2372 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 5:36:43 AM
@spannerbulb: Nice try, troll. Everyone knows communism doesn't work.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 1247 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:03:41 AM
Personal responsibility is one thing but when companies like McDonalds sell drat*ng play sets in toy shops surely we can see the issue here. But then it is just part of capitalism really, the dollar is god and will be for a very long time unless someone radical comes along and changes things. The western world needs a good dose of communism in my opinion.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 1224 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:25:50 AM
Parents do have control over what their kids eat most of the time; the fact their kids are fat or have diabetes is down to ignorance on behalf of the parents, with regards to what they're feeding their kids. This is another case of parents blaming every other influence in their kids life for the way they turn out, instead of holding their own hands up.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 680 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 2:47:25 AM
There isn't a health crisis. There's a self-control crisis. Kids and adults can both drink cola in moderate amounts and be completely healthy.

Male, 13-17, Europe
 146 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 2:31:50 AM
You wanted capitalism, you got capitalism.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 3016 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 2:14:44 AM
well they stopped advertising cigarettes, why not junk food too. then the banning of alcohol ads, then eventually the banning of all adds... yes! no more adverts!!!

Male, 30-39, Europe
 3000 Posts
Saturday, December 10, 2011 1:03:54 AM
Wow. You could just feel the self-righteousness oozing out of the narrators voice.

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