Do you remember back to when you were in elementary school and received the Scholastic New weekly or monthly? They were filled with a few different articles, and usually pertained to what was going on at the time. While I was at school yesterday, we started going over this weeks, which discussed the Olympics that will be starting, and a little background on that.
Besides the main article, there are always a few others for kids to think about, and one will sometimes have a debate type question. I found the one this week quite interesting, and knew I wanted to talk about it with you after the kids and I talked about it for at least 10 minutes.
“Should Celebrities Endorse Junk Food?”
The article discussed whether we should blame celebrities for the obesity problem as we are constantly seeing advertisements for junk food. They discussed Doritos, Oreos, Pop, Gatorade, and more and how it is all empty sugar, yet kids want it because their favorite celebrity endorsed it.
After discussing with the students, I took a little vote. We had read two children’s opinions in the magazine answering yes and no to the question, but I wanted to see what these students thought. There were 12 “Yes, they should endorse it,” and 5 “No, they shouldn’t” (6 kids were at band practice, so they weren’t counted). The kids had their own debate going on as to why they chose what they did, and it basically came down to the fact that it’s up to you whether you choose it, or let your child choose it. Yes, the celebrity may impact your opinion in some way, but I don’t think it is always in a bad way.
I’ve talked about it, and it’s basically my blog’s motto, but I believe you can enjoy this “junk food” in moderation. If you deprive yourself of everything, you may end up eating too much of it in the long run. If you want a cookie, go for it, but don’t eat the whole batch. The same is true with these endorsements. Maybe you see a new kind of chip you want to try because someone said it was good on TV. Alright, try it, but keep it to one serving. If you don’t like it, then don’t eat it and don’t buy it again! I think celebrities open our eyes up to some new products (not just food). For instance, I see new products on commercials or in ads all the time which makes me think about buying them. Some sparkling water or Vitamin water is advertised on TV, but I would never think about buying some if I didn’t see it (but in honesty, I don’t like either of those.. just using it as an example!)
On the other side, I do see how obesity rates are rising, and we don’t need any more commercials or ads about that food in our life. There are people who can’t stop at one serving, or will run out and only buy that junk food. Some people just may not know better, so they automatically think everything celebrities endorse and say is the answer and the truth.
The article didn’t discuss the celebrities who do endorse healthy food. We just saw John Stamos in the Oikos commercial, which is healthy! There are many more out there, too. I can see both sides to the debate!