It's great that Michelle Obama wants kids to jump around
and eat healthful foods. But you would think that with all the
attention focused on childhood obesity, the havoc it wreaks on kids'
health, the impact on IQ, the long-term economic consequences of a
lifetime of medications for obesity-related conditions like diabetes and
heart disease, Mrs. Obama wouldn't limit her lecturing to parents and
How about lecturing the corporate ad guys who shamelessly target kids with their colorful cartoon characters and catchy jingles, in an attempt to get kids to hound their parents to buy more highly processed, sugar-laden, additive-heavy junk foods? Better yet, how about banishing those ads?
ago, nine-year old Hannah Robertson caused a media stir when she stood
up at a McDonald's shareholders meeting and asked CEO Don Thompson a few
pointed questions about the hamburger chain's junk food and advertising
policies. Mr. Thompson's responses? Woefully inadequate, even by a
nine-year old's standards.