Obama’s Food Police!
Yesterday I was told about an article on HumanEvents.com that at first had me a little scared, then relieved and happy, then a little scared again.
The article “Obama’s Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids” by Audrey Hudson is on the same subject that I wrote about in “Limits for food advertising for children”. Children are going to want what they see to be fun, what other children are having and what their parents will allow them to have.
Advertising firms and large food corporations know how to make this happen. Just look at any box of children’s breakfast cereal, candy packages and soda pop commercials.
These are the same tactics that were used in tobacco advertising years ago. They create an image that the person want to be part of. And if that doesn’t work the “social proof” (peer pressure) does. Now we know different about what tobacco really does to you. Maybe one day the same will happen with refined sugar, high carbohydrate foods and food additives.
The problems with the advertising tactics with junk food toward children is that most parents don’t know that these foods are causing major health problems with their children. Parents are mislead by terms like “Fortified, Enriched, All Natural, Contains nutrients, etc…”. These are all food veneers.
These foods are not only making children fat, they are causing “adult onset diabetes” at younger and younger ages, blood pressure problems, allergies. immune system problems, ADD, mood swings, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, etc… And just wait until the future when these children grow up. They will be having an increase on cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart conditions, hormonal disfunction and much more.
The basics of the plan states it want’s to meet two basic goals of foods that are marketed to children,
“Such foods should be formulated to … make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet and minimize the content of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health and weight.”
At first this scared me because we know what the USDA diet plan is like. It is not aligned with what is healthy for us to eat in an anthropological point of view. That is what we have been eating for hundreds of thousands of years and what your and your children’s body’s are designed to eat.
But then I read how they want the foods to be formulated and I was surprised. These are the foods that are being targeted:
“…foods that are low in calories, fat, and some considered healthy foods, are also targets, including hot breakfast cereals such as oatmeal, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, yogurt, wheat bread, bagels, diet drinks, fruit juice, tea, bottled water, milk and sherbet.”
Now if you have seen the eating right diet, you know that this can be a good thing. This includes getting more grains, carbs, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and dairy products out of the children’s diets. And hopefully more whole food proteins and vegetables into their diet.
But then I was realizing that this is a big loss of freedom for advertising and business. To me this is scary because who know what other freedoms can be lost. What will lobbyists push for in this new paradigm? To get big food business going again. What will those who have something good to offer not be allowed to advertise or say about their products?
What do you think? Please let us know…