“This week, a new anti-obesity media campaign launched in Minnesota has been getting a lot of attention, and not necessarily the good kind.
One ad […] features two kids bragging about how much their dads can eat, and trying to one-up each other. A dad walks up, hears the kids, and looks down guiltily at his tray of burgers and fries.”
Until pediatricians look at parents and say “You are killing your child and setting them up for a lifetime of health problems, disease and financial strain – you might have destroyed your body, but how about giving your kid a chance at a he
althy life? Feed your child real food, encourage your child to play and exercise and set for them an example that will guide them for a lifetime.”
Yeah, this is probably the only way to get through to them.
That being said, the USDA has a food system that isn’t scientifically backed and is more designed to highlight the foods we grow in the US and less foods that will keep you healthy and nourished, our children (and adults) are pummeled daily by a media onslaught of products that are, literally, poisoning them – but they’re packaged well and have HUGE budgets, most hospitals and Doctors are funded and driven by the pharmaceutical industry – which would not exist if we, as a people, weren’t in a constant state of malaise and the alternatives are so fractionalized that it takes a blow horn and a steam roller to be heard…so even if the message gets through (regardless if its shame or directed education), there isn’t a coordinated effort on educating parents to the alternative to the norm.
So what then?