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marketing food to kids should be illegal

I just finished wathching the clip that someone posted about processed foods. I am convinced that food ads on kids tv should be outlawed. This is extreme, but something needs to be done.

Tue. Jun 5, 2:29pm

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Uuummmmm I don't think it is the kids doing the grocery shopping. The parents are the ones who have final veto

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 2:30 PM

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agreed 2:30.

Plus, it's also the parents that have the final veto to turn off the TV and get the kids moving!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 2:45 PM

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Second the TV part 2:45

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 2:46 PM

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True, it's not the kids grocery shopping or turning on the TV, but I do think putting cartoon characters on junk food should not be allowed. These are characters that children love, so of course the children are going to assume the food is something they would want and love. So, even if you have a responsible parent who is going to say 'no' and educate the child about 'good-for-you' foods versus bad foods, that child is going to grow up wanting food they can't have and feeling deprived. Does this particular food dynamic sound familiar to any of the people on this board trying to lose weight? It is very familiar to me.

I was flipping through a magazine yesterday and saw a picture of a box of spinach with SpongeBob on it, and the little blurb indicated that children ask for and eat fresh veggies and fruits much more if they put cartoon characters on them. duh! Why can't they put the cartoon characters on healthy stuff?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 3:16 PM

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I grew up in a VERY healthy household, my mother was very much into vitamins (incl supplements), natural grain bread (never ever had white bread), lots of fruits and vegetables, good home cooking not even peanut butter in the house, and I didn't end up feeling deprived.

My parents simply told me I was the child they were the parents and they had my best interests in mind, and that I couldn't have any of the forbidden food.

I thank my parents for that

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 3:33 PM

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