Friday, December 5, 2008

Please Take A Moment To Vote In the Current Fast Food TV Ad Poll... Thank You

According to a new study, a ban on fast food TV commercials could reduce childhood obesity by 18%. If you'd like to read the story on the study, click here. Although most of us will agree that childhood obesity is a problem, I don't feel that banning fast food ads is the solution. These days, it's too easy for kids to lead a sedentary lifestyle. If we can get kids to put down the remote control/video game control pads and get them involved in physical activity, that would be a step in the right direction.

As always, feel free to provide feedback in the comments section after voting.


Sheri/Cookingmom said...

As always, it should be on the parents to teach their children good eating and exercise habits. It's not the ads causing the problems, it's the parents who don't say NO. And that goes for pretty much anything.

pjazzypar said...

Absolutely Sheri and Malcolm, that is what parents are for. I was not allowed to stay in the house and watch television. Even in the winter time we played outdoors. It's time that the adults in these obese children's lives step up and take responsibility.

Jessica said...

I agree with everyone! It's the parents responsibility!

The Rock Chick said...

It's 100% up to the parents to make sure their kids lead healthy lifestyles. We always had family dinners, but in the last couple of years, somehow my little kids grew up into 4 active teens. Having everyone home at dinnertime is almost impossible so we started cooking and freezing meals and side dishes in those seal-a-meal bags. No matter what time the kids eat dinner, there are healthy choices just a few minutes of microwaving or boiling away. It's also much less expensive than eating fast food all the time, too.

Mama Pajama said...

When I started teaching I was shocked by how many children were already overweight in the third and fifth grades. These days it's not a big deal to be chubby. It's pretty much the norm.

When I was a kid, I remember riding my bike all day long with my friends (with a lunch break and the knowledge that I needed to be washed up and ready to eat a family dinner at 6pm). Parents today are too afraid to let their kids be kids and play outside in the streets like that these days. I totally inderstand that fear. But, it is sad nevertheless.

McDonalds was a real treat back then, but now kids get fast food whenever they want it. You should see the cafeteria food choices! Pizza and hamburgers are available almost every single day, even for elementary school aged kids!

clnmike said...

I never like the idea of taking responsibility out of the hands of parents.

They had the kids they need to raise them right, cook right at home and turn off the TV.

pjazzypar said...

Hey Malcolm, I sent you an email. Anyhoo I have something for you over at Traces, come and get it.

Lori said...

Hey, I say we ban plates and forks and spoons and big, fat dumb parents (LOL).

Really, we've already taken most of the taste (fat/grease) out of the food, anyway. Mickey D's used to have some of the best fries . . . now they taste like cardboard.

I'd hate to see the commercials banned, but I kind of feel like that's coming. (I guess that means I'll never know whatever happened to Calvin. Remember that Mickey D's commercial? LOL)

PopArtDiva said...

I do not think fast food ads should be banned. I'm with everyone else here, I believe parents should be taking responsibility for their children!

Like Mama Pajama, when I was a kid a trip to McDonald's was a treat and not a nightly occurrence.

I also agree with Lori - who wants to eat this junk now anyway? At least in the old days it tasted good!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, Malcolm, and I'll be back after my move!

Candy Minx said...

Did you know that kids are getting in better shape because of the game "wi"?

I think parents shouldn't take their kids to fast food restaurants. For one thing, they aren't taht fast nor cheap.

Isn't fod the one thing we SHOULD try to pay good money for by getting fresh delicious organic food?

Great poll Malcolm.

M said...

You can find a study or "facts" to back up almost anything.

Work on parental stupidity and that takes care of 90% of the problem.

Debbie said...

Most children can't go through the drive-up at McDonalds without an adult. The blame here rests soley with parents. Not only should they be teaching kids to make better food choices but they should also be teaching them about advertising and how it tries to influence our decisions.

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