Children aged 12 to 17 are big TV and online viewers, especially athletes who are some of the biggest role models; they should be inspiring young people to the highest standards of health. Instead, they are junk food pushers.
They look like they’re pretty fit; that’s most likely because they burn up so many calories, being sportsmen. But what if they don’t even eat the same garbage they’re promoting to millions of adoring fans? It could be their managers are saying – uh-uh, those Cheetos and Pepsi are not for you. That’s assuming they’re savvy enough about nutrition and they don’t want their investments collapsing on the field with heart attacks.
Obesity is the most visible sign of bad nutrition. Here’s some statistics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2
The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.1, 2
In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1
Being overweight plus the effects of high-calorie, low-nutrition foods lead to childhood diabetes which later becomes adult diabetes; also children are getting heart trouble and all variations of cancer. These illnesses are occurring in children at younger and younger ages.
McDonald’s could win an award hands-down for being the most damaging, deadly food on the planet; yet it is being endorsed by a few top athletes – LeBron James being one. Others are promoting Papa Johns, Gatorade and Oreo cookies, for example.
These foods not only have toxic chemicals and preservatives but tons of sugar which has the distinction of making people fat. This is especially deadly in children because they are more than likely to stay fat into adulthood. Not only fat but sick.
Sugar is an addition, just like any other drug; this is why parents have so much trouble keeping their kids away from it. It is every bit as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Consider how difficult it is for many people to get off the white stuff. They just have to have it, no matter how fat or sick they are getting. Then they get depressed after coming down from the sugar high. What do many of them do about that? They take anti-depressants. Really, all they have to do is kick the sugar habit.
You can’t walk down the street or even leave your house without being hypnotized by the lures of this poison. TV has become the biggest drug pusher of all time for sugar – and drugs of all kinds. If we want to win the war on drugs, start with TV and the athletes who have become junk food pushers.
They wouldn’t want to be remembered in the Hall of Fame for destroying millions of children’s health instead of making all those touchdowns and home runs.
Monsanto has some big fingers in the pie because all the chain food stores buy their products from the giant industry that now owns about 90% of the land in America. Most of the corn, soy and meat today are genetically-modified. They make people sick and infertile. There’s one piece of good news, though – Monsanto is banned in many European countries.
Corn and soy are now cash crops, meaning Monsanto has taken over much of the land to grow these revenue-producing foods at the expense of vital foods like fruits sand vegetables.
Children don’t have much of a fighting chance to preserve their health when bombarded on all sides by ads for destructive food, many from athletes they highly respect and idolize.
Sure they taste good but healthy, nutritious food tastes better once you get accustomed to it. Also, they don’t need all the special sauces junk foods are smothered in to make them taste better.
It wouldn’t be hard to imagine TV ads promoting the local organic farmer, health food store or grow your own food kits. It takes a little shift in thinking and a flow of power to the right people.
Instead of junk food pushers, athletes could be converted into health food pushers.
Written by Lucille Femine