Friday, January 20, 2006

Bad Parenting = Fat Kids

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced their intent to file suit against Viacom and Kellogg for marketing “junk food” to children. The issue here is that when you stick a popular icon (e.g., SpongeBob or Dora the Explorer) on something like a pop tart, it creates a irresistible force directed at children’s stomachs that renders parents helpless as kids devour the tasty treats.

I guess it’s a good thing we have groups like the CSPI doing the research behind this issue. I mean obesity in young children is a problem these days and we really need someone to blame – and why not corporate America. Because we all know that parents aren’t the problem that kids intake foods that aren’t healthy. We’re helpless and really need the support of our government to help us combat this problem.

Let’s see some accountability people! Parenting is hard work and the last thing we need is an organization that is trying to make decisions for your family that should be decisions made by parents.


Blogger Kid Handsome said...

The best thing about this is that I read that one of the named parties to the case is a woman who says she "never buys junk cereal" for her kids, but that they ask for it anyway.

Essentially, that theory means that you can sue people who offer products to consumers that you think might be bad for your kids, but only if your kids ask you to buy those products.

Have you ever been around a kid? They ask for everything. If you can sue for that, society is ruined. Are these people brain dead?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

What ever happened to just saying "no" to kids. My parents did it all the time and I am just fine. Maybe if parents didn't plant their kids in front of the TV day after day than maybe there wouldn't be so much opportunity for children to be sold these products.

I personally think that a big part of the problem with childhood obesity is the fact that kids never just go out and play anymore. It is sad when you drive down the street during the summer and don't see a kid any where playing. What are they doing? My guess is sitting and either watching TV or playing video games. I don't have a problem with either media, it's just that kids need to be encouraged to get outside and run or ride a bike or something.

Today people are so busy that there is a tendency to buy foods that are fast to make or we purchase food from a McDonald's or something of that nature. This is just as big as a problem as any food that is sold to a kid on TV. Kids are not shown how to eat healthy and in return will not be healthy.

2:56 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home