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" children's ad exposure has been found to have a...

2008-01-13T07:16:00.000-05:00

" children's ad exposure has been found to have a very small impact on their snacking."

Wow. I didn't know this was true. I wonder why food companies spend so much money on advertising then.



since its induction, tv has been blamed for all so...

2008-01-10T14:46:00.000-05:00

since its induction, tv has been blamed for all sorts of obnoxious social problems instead of realizing these institutions themselves are failing. perhaps obesity is on the rise, not because children are watching pop-tart ads, but because we subsidize corn to make the sugar ffor these foods instead of subsidizing vegetables or fruit... and maybe that is why fruit and vegetable farmers cant afford to advertise on tv the way sugary foods can. blaming tv is easy, and our nation has a habit of placong blame on easy- misleading- targets. you want to address obesity, do some research and see how it coresponds with food subsidies, not television viewing.



Here is an article by Steve Gortmaker and colleagu...

2008-01-07T10:55:00.000-05:00

Here is an article by Steve Gortmaker and colleagues about a school-based health awareness intervention that included television reduction.

Among unhealthy behaviors, television watching always seemed to me like a comparatively easy nut to crack. After all, many of the activities you can do instead are more fun than watching TV anyway. The grownups in my family watch several movie videos a month, little broadcast TV, and we don't even have cable. The children watch less. If we were to increase that amount of TV to the U.S. average of several hours per day, I'd just weep to think of what we'd give up -- time biking, running, working, at church (thinking of vyoma's comment), skating, having a drink with friends, keeping this blog, playing board games and card games and reading books out loud in the evening.



I would be interested to hear if anyone has seen a...

2008-01-07T09:53:00.000-05:00

I would be interested to hear if anyone has seen any literature on potential solutions to this problem.



watching tv is one way of escaping the most glarin...

2008-01-07T05:31:00.000-05:00

watching tv is one way of escaping the most glaring unanswered question. believe it or not - we spend most of our lives trying to escape the inevitable question: Why are we born, why do we die, who is God, why did He create us, why do bad things happen to good people, and so on. And yes, all these questions are just one question altogether about the mystery of our existence. But no one wants to know the answer. Fine! you can distract yourself with a million things and eventually dull out. But answering the question is the goal of our human life. Like it or not, its the truth.