The Obesity Epidemic UPDATE: Disney takes a stand

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2014-12-04 15:04:46 -0600
Started 2012-06-05 08:03:57 -0500

“Mickey Mouse wants to help kids kick the junk food habit.”

Apparently those who favor reform in the eating habits are being heard. Disney will stop taking advertising for junk foods - "the worst junk food — candy, snack cakes, sugary drinks."
It will not however stop advertising things like SpaghettiOs, but this self-restriction will put a 10 gram sugar limit on things like cereals, as well as revising the food offering at their venues. The company hopes others will follow suit.
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14 replies

RebDee 2014-12-04 12:04:57 -0600 Report

If the schools take away the snack machines and make the cafeteria food look more appealing, and if the parents give veggies for snacks, the children might do better.

Nick1962 2014-12-04 15:04:46 -0600 Report

As part of my job I get to do renovations to a lot of schools. Most of our schools from elementary to high school no longer have vending machines. Step in the right direction!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2012-06-06 18:46:29 -0500 Report

I'll be interested to see if they will alter their food choices at their theme parks. It's great to be pro healthy eating but will they take a risk by "healthying up their menus.". Time will tell!

Nick1962 2012-06-06 19:07:27 -0500 Report

Yes, according to the article they already have. They set up their own set of guidelines, and plan to reduce sodium in their offerings by 25% by next year as well as adding more fruits and vegetables in most of their food venues here.

pixsidust 2012-06-05 20:10:52 -0500 Report

Anyone who points to better health and well being is great. We need all the help we can to educate. I grew up in a generation where TV dinners were popular and we know how bad those are. Soda is the beverage of choice for so many Americans. A push the other direction is helpful.

Caroltoo 2012-06-05 16:38:30 -0500 Report

Sounds like a step in the right direction to me! Glad to hear Disney is at least taking a stand and TRYING to encourage positive change.

Nick1962 2012-06-05 19:25:46 -0500 Report

Yup, and with their affiliate companies, hopefully a movement is afoot! (Did i just use the word afoot?)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-05 11:31:45 -0500 Report

Disney is raising their entrance fees to their parks to cover the cost the advertisers they will lose. However, this is a start. This is just a band-aid on the problem. Stores put candy at checkout counters for a reason. A lot of people are impulse buyers. While waiting for check out they think "man a snickers would be nice to have right now" so they buy it. Parents will buy it just to shut the kids up. I have seen parents use candy as a means to get their children to behave. No matter how you look at it. As long as junk food is available people will buy it.

I do think junk foods do get a bad rap. There is nothing wrong with a kid having junk food in moderation. Unfortunately there are parents who allow their kids to have these foods most of the day.

Nick1962 2012-06-05 11:49:35 -0500 Report

True, most foods have their place, but I think Disney's action is a pretty big dent in the problem if it's sucessful.