Michelle Obama has praised the recent move by Disney to heavily restrict the use of junk food advertisements on children's programming. The first lady stated, "Our kids are constantly bombarded with sophisticated messages designed to sell them foods that simply aren't good for them," Obama said. "And let me tell you, we know it works, right?"
According to the Sentinel Source, "Food and beverage advertisers who seek to promote their products on Disney Channel or Disney XD will be required by 2015 to meet guidelines regarding serving size, calories, fat and sugar content." Is this a good move? Are children more likely to be overweight if they see a junk food advertisement? It is most likely less about the advertisements and more about the parents, as they are the ones who buy the food for the family.
Perhaps if children were limited to television and computer time, they would be more likely to be active. According to Kidshealth.org, "Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video-game console. And today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the reality for many people." It seems as though parent's example is the ultimate indicator for success.
Ironically, Sasha Obama recently celebrated her birthday with friends at the Red Robin in Dulles, Virginia. As reported by cinemablend, "The girls chowed down on chicken sandwiches, burgers with avocado and milkshakes, while mom set aside her preference for healthy eating for a few hours." Does Red Robin display nutritional information on their menus? Last year, Sasha celebrated her birthday at Georgetown Cupcake.
Last month, Michelle Obama's first book was published, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America. Apparently, one won't see the Obama children digging and planting any time soon, as they are not interested in gardening. Hopefully, parents can be motivated to be strong role-models (as the Obama family has shown to be with their kids) by allowing less screen time and more active playtime.