Maybe so -- my point was that the promotion of these foods is in a different league of harm from promotion of other things by the media, because its aggravated by lack of choice in the real world.
Originally Posted by OwlMatt
The point is ignorance leads to more ignorance. I do not blame the athletes for agreeing to do these commercials or food endorsements; I too enjoy a good Micky Dee's run every now and then. However, the key is not to over-indulge and to have an understanding of a balanced diet combined with (at the least) a moderate amount of physical activity. If kid's parents are not active, then plain and simple the kid is not going to be active either. If the kid's parents do not eat healthy food on a daily basis, neither will the kid. It's that simple. While the endorsements of a popular athlete do play a factor on what a child or growing teen might choose to eat, when it comes down to it its really the parents' responsibility and how a kid's parent(s) lives his/her/their life/lives.
Of course, this is just my personal opinion l o l.
Alex, have you ever been to America? My experience in the mid-west was it was so difficult to get healthy food. The bread we were eating even tasted sweet. The family with 3 kids we were staying with had chocolate out at breakfast.
Originally Posted by alex
I was dying for a salad by the end of my first week, I am not saying you cant get healthy food there or in other places in America but the ease of access to just simple healthy food seemed a lot harder and what was apparently culturally acceptable to consider as regular day to day food was a lot more different than what I was used to.
It's worse in the Marshall Islands. All the bread there is baked with extra sugar.
Originally Posted by Auszi
When I served in the Peace Corps in the Federated States of Micronesia I went from like 180 lbs to nearly 210 basically due to nearly non existent affordable healthy food choices. When I came back Stateside I dropped down to ~165. So I would say that environment has a lot to do with it including food availability.