I was watching television the other day and I ran across a cartoon commercial for Pop-Tarts where a bunch of kids go to an ice cream stand and get a sandwich of Pop-Tarts and ice cream, bowls of ice cream with a Pop-Tart sticking out, and Pop-Tarts on a stick like an ice cream bar. For real???
Let me break down that Pop-Tart for you. My strawberry Pop-Tart box lists the serving size as ONE Pop-Tart even though they are bagged in pairs. The nutrition facts for ONE Pop-Tart are: 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, 170mg of sodium, 17 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. So the commercial promotes the eating of TWO Pop-Tarts with a thick layer of ice cream in the middle so a better representation of the "happy" kids would give them the body shape of a soccer ball.
I see this as a gross irresponsibility in advertising. With the U.S. having the highest childhood obesity rates we desperately need some kind of corporate responsibility in advertising. I know you are going to say "...but Tasty, it is the parents job to make nutritional choices for their children..." and to that I am going to say that 85% of parents cave in and give their children all the sugary crap they want just to shut them up.
Have you watched kids get off the bus at any elementary school? A majority of them are morbidly obese. Many are carrying double the acceptable weight for their age and height. These are the kids that will endure the potentially fatal ravages of coronary artery disease in their thirties. Parents you are KILLING your children. This is like drowning your child in a vat of fat until it slowly suffocates. Why did you even bother having a baby?