22 Replies to “Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe at TEDxManhattan”

  1. We, the commenters of YouTube, believe in free speech as strongly as we believe in free videos of animals dressed like other animals. Therefore, we hereby declare: you can make up to 88 dollars an hour working from your house. Click here for one weird tip on how to lose your bellyfat. U R homo. Ron Paul 2012! bit.dobNB9

  2. Then parents just have to learn to say NO to kids. This might actually teach kids to have self discipline when they grow up. If every temptation has to be removed, or the kids will fall for it, what will happen to them as adults. Anyway, don’t you find it ironic that an entire food stamp card can be spent on soda, cookies, potato chips, cheetos, decorated cakes, ice cream treats, and every other non-essential and non-nutritious food? When gov is paying for food, why not make that healthy?

  3. 1. the legal hoops to homeschool your kids are incredibly hard in some areas. and if you have to work full time you may not be able to homeschool. 2. not everyone can move out to a farm 3. you cannot turn off the TV when its being piped into the pediatricians or the school

  4. while that would HELP… i will remind you that they show commercial television in classrooms, they have books and curriculum sponsored by OREOS… in school why do they need your phone number or email?

  5. It’s not as simple as saying to parents ‘don’t let your kids watch/eat this stuff. Fast food industries spend millions upon millions of dollars on advertising to kids because it WORKS, despite the wishes of the parents. ‘Pester power’ as those within these industries call it, is a very powerful thing and not that easy to resist when you’re an exhausted time-pressed parent. And once the kids get to be teenagers you have even less power to control their diet.

  6. Anna…. I HAVE TO SAY I AM BLOWN AWAY!!! This is the first youtube channel I have ever subscribed to. YOU ARE AN AMAZING SPEAKER!!! I AM 42 AND I DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN BUT I KNOW FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY SOUL THAT I WILL LIVE THE REST OF MY LIFE WORKING TOWARDS OPENING PEOPLE’S EYES TO THE ATROCITIES OF WHAT THE FDA AND THE PHARMACOLOGICAL INDUSTRY IS DOING TO THE WORLD!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  7. It’s not about restricting what the rest want to eat, we’re not saying McDonald’s should be against the law. Fuck, I eat there occasionally myself. It’s about the freedom of choosing what to even think about. I want to go through my day without having my attention constantly directed to ads by outside influences that feed me misinformation and try to con me into wanting something. Kids are especially vulnerable and much more easily influenced, marketing junk food to them is downright evil.

  8. While it’s true that there must be responsibility, there’s only so much a parent can do to prevent a 2 billion dollar advertising industry from influencing your kids. Add to that the vast amount of misinformation out there, or cultural influences, and that makes it even harder for parents to know how right or wrong their decisions are.

  9. We need more education for the parents too. I have a friend’s ex that brought up her daughter to be vegetarian, yet every time I made broccoli, squash, zucchini, the child would ask “what’s that?” she would not eat it either. Child told me the mother is never home never cooks for them, child thought mac and cheese and peanut butter sandwiches were vegetarian food.

  10. You can turn off the TV, or subscribe to channels that do not have advertising. You can live on a farm, and grow your own food, and home school your kids. But you cannot restrict what the rest of the world chooses to eat. Yes, and advertising and big business pay many salaries in our economy so get over it. Even Obama admits his love for a good cheeseburger! Live and let live.

  11. and where is the freedom of not being told what to eat by massive corporation that are clearly more interested by your wallet than your health ? where is your freedom of whatching the building around without your view being polluted by enormous billboard that are straight lie : saying that Mc Crapald is doing more for healthy food than for their burger full of fat is just a straight lie and that is AGAINST THE LAW !! Where is your freedom of not being taken for a dumbass ??

  12. How can you say that when you cannot walk anywhere more than 100 feet without being told by a commercial to go Mc Crapald to have a “tortured chicken burger” or a “big and full of crap mac” ?? when your children are being told IN SCHOOL that eating at a fast food is healthy (not it CAN be healthy but that it IS = straight lie) ?

  13. Ban on advertising? Moratorium on fast food franchises!! More and more of precious freedoms going down the drain due to people like her trying to pass laws to outlaw french fries! If she can’t say no to her child’s pestering for a big mac, just outlaw the big mac! How ridiculous! This is an assault against our freedom of speech and the freedom to eat what we choose! Yet, those on food stamps purchase cookies, cakes, soda, potato chips, candy all at taxpayer expense! Let’s restrict that first!

  14. I don’t think Anna is disputing that in any way. What she’s objecting to is the volume of trashfood advertising that’s being directed at kids who don’t know better, and the ever more insidious methods that food companies are using to get it in front of them. Kids and teens have a fair bit of buying power these days, either through pester power or their own incomes. I do believe that parents who give in to pestering/convenience are their own worst enemies but then, I don’t have kids. 😉

  15. My kids are teens, but I have been through how the crap is put at a kids’ eye level in stores, and how they find comfort in certain brands- just like we did. What grown up latchkey kid isn’t comforted by a bowl of Kraft mac and cheese? I am trying to start a non profit to educate teenagers. Its not easy but we need to work with the kids to see the branding as lures to get them to eat foods that cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. I tell them- if it has an ad, don’t eat it!

  16. Having two teenage kids, I can tell you that trying to promote healthy eating only goes so far, and my kids are actually pretty good. They are aware of the fact that McNuggets are an atrocious paste of ammonia drenched chicken parts ground up, and GMOs, and how they are branded to from birth-everything is geared towards these kids, making it SALTY or SUGARY or SPICY are the three things that will get any teenager by the short and curlies.

  17. Self restrain, that’s the answer. You can eat junk food but not too much. We cannot always blame the junk food industries. There more than a thousands employees working on that this industry. We cannot easily pull the plug, and left them unemployed. But, I am not saying this to cover them up. They (junk food industries) have to come with healthy menu or less hazard food. Besides, if people get sick, they cannot make a money and buy those food.

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