Disney has made public that they won’t tolerate junk food — high sugars, high carbos, low protein, poor health — advertising on their media channels or products in their parks and resorts, on their cruise ships, …
The reach is impressive. The same is happening in school systems nation wide.
It’s also not surprising that Disney (and others) would make such a move. The amount of press letting us know how poor our dietary habits are is amazing. Thank goodness the insurance industry has realized that its cheaper to insure people with good dietary habits than people with poor dietary habits. And thank goodness the food&beverage industry has figured out how to make money off of (relatively) healthy foods&beverages.
I mean, you don’t think there’d be this media oriented public outcry if such wasn’t the case, do you?
Knowledge of the devastating health affects of poor diet, too much sugar when we’re too young, so on and so forth has been in the scientific literature for quite some time. It’s nothing new. It only seems to be new because companies have figured out how to make money off it.
Jaded? Moi? N’est-ce pas!
But Did You Know that Poor Diets Make You Stupid?
Okay, a bit of an overstatement. I’m taking a cue from the insurance and food&beverage industries to make old knowledge seem bright, shiny and new.
Never-the-less, it has been established that high-calorie diets lead to poor memory function and a host of other concerns. Most striking was that just a brief foray into fats and sugars can cause a little disorientation — the next time you want a beer and pizza, get it delivered. You may not be able to find your way home.
Memory problems and disorientation tend to manifest rapidly. Cognitive loss also occurs although it takes longer. Imagine knowing something’s wrong but not being able to remember what to do about it. And all this occurs long before high calorie foods appear as body weight gains.
Forget “Once passed the lips, forever on the hips”, we’re talking about “Once passed the lips…I can’t remember the rest.”
So the next time you want to sit down with a bag of peanut M&Ms or a half-gallon of ice cream, get a couple of celery stalks instead.
If nothing else, at least you’ll remember where you put the M&Ms and ice cream. Eat the M&Ms and ice cream first and you may not be able to find the celery.
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