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The Wrong Obama Gives Tough Talk on Junk Food Marketing to Kids

Health & Wellness  (tags: children, diet, junk food, Michelle Obama, health, family, prevention, protection )

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Simply by shining a light on the critical role that marketing plays in influencing children's eating habits, the first lady has taken away the food industry's most common refrain: The solution is for parents to do a better job.

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Elizabeth M (65)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:28 pm
" Empower parents instead of undermining them as they try to make healthier choices for their families." The first lady said industry should stop undermining parents. That's a pretty big deal. Thank You Mrs. Obama!!!
Thank You Carrie

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:31 pm

Kit B (276)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:37 pm

I don't get the title this is her passion and has been since she became First Lady. It seems to me she is exactly the right Obama to speak out on Junk Food.

Kit B (276)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:41 pm

I know titles help to sell articles, but this author, who admits to being skeptical about this meeting, sure doesn't seem to think the wrong Obama was speaking at the meeting he attended. The problems associated with lousy nutrition are addressed in the article. If adults wish to fill themselves with toxins, so be it. Just please learn how and why these faux foods are hurting the children.

Carrie B (306)
Friday September 27, 2013, 3:10 pm
Kit, I don't get the title either, but I wanted to post the article because I thought Michelle Obama did a great job speaking at this meeting. I figured people would be able to draw their own conclusions after reading.

Jason S (50)
Friday September 27, 2013, 7:51 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 2:58 am
Perhaps schools could take ""You all know that our kids are like little sponges -- they absorb whatever is around them." as a lesson. As for the title "The Wrong Obama Gives Tough Talk on Junk Food Marketing to Kids", it's not a negative, it's that the president should have given it.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:34 am
Good posting TY Carrie

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 7:56 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 9:23 am
Way to go Michelle Obama. Thank you for speaking up.

Winn A (179)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 12:17 pm
I'm glad Mrs. Obama is speaking up on this but parents must do a better job too. That is ultimately where it begins.

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Saturday September 28, 2013, 12:34 pm

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:55 pm
I have a couple of things to say on this article. First, Michelle is the perfect person to address this issue. She's a mom.
The next thing I'd like to say is that these corporations that continue to supply the sugar, both in soft drinks, cereals and other foods know exactly what they're doing to entice children to have their mothers buy these products.
I've had five children, all grown up now. I know how it goes in the grocery store, especially with the candies at every checkout. I was able to supply my children with good, nutritional food but not all parents are in that situation, especially the ones who are working 2 jobs to put food on the table. They have to compromise with their budgets
What we need are mothers who are making a decent wage so they can buy more nutritious food for their children. You could take pretty much half of the "junk food, sodas, cereals, etc." and replace those aisles with vegetables, fruits and nutritious cereals that would then make healthy children.
Education and a decent wage can go far.

reft h (66)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 11:21 pm
thanks - sounds to me like the "right" Obama addressed the issue.

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:53 am
thanks for sharing

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 7:21 am
Noted, thanks.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:11 pm
Good article. Parents whould play a very important role in helping their kids understand what problems sugar and other additives do to their bodies when they consume it. Parents can make sure that their kids read and pay attention to what the nutritional information shows on snacks, drinks, etc. Thanks Carrie

ewoud k (68)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:36 pm
Looks rather like a good Obama to me....

Thanks Carrie!, and thanks Mrs Obama!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 4:42 pm
Thanks for this needed post.

Winn A (179)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:57 am
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