<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: SpongeBob makes kids eat junk food?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

SpongeBob makes kids eat junk food?

First SpongeBob is accused of promoting homosexuality, and now this. A U.S. government report says cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants are being used to sell junk food to kids. The report calls for federal regulations on junk food advertising, noting that food companies spent over $10 billion to market junk foods to American children last year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control funded the study, which was conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) said of the study results, "We would like to think that SpongeBob SquarePants, Shrek, and the Disney princesses are likable, kid-friendly characters, but they are being used to manipulate vulnerable children to make unhealthy choices. This must stop."

Hey, Senator, you can go after Shrek and Disney, but lay off SpongeBob. After all, isn't it the kids' PARENTS who are buying all that junk food?



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