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sneaky food company advertising

Posted by Dr. Susan on July 27, 2006

A really interesting new study shows that food companies are sneakily marketing candy, sweet cereals, cookies and other snack foods to kids by using websites in which advertising has been disguised as games, contests and activities–using the foods they’re advertising. Kids get into playing the games and don’t even realize that this is actually advertising. But the next time they’re in a store, you can be sure they’ll want to buy that food, drink or snack because they had such fun playing the game about it!! As a kid or teen (or parent) it’s super-important that you become educated about this, so you recognize this form of advertising even when it’s very well disguised as fun and games. Learning to understand all the different forms of advertising that exist, how they are delivered to you and how they can affect you (especially if you’re not aware of them), will give you more control in your life and help you make healthier choices!!
You can read about this study by clicking on this link:
Stay aware and stay healthy

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The latest on skinny celebs

Posted by Dr. Susan on July 7, 2006

Did you see “The Devil Wears Prada” yet? I thought it was a great movie except for the part when they talked about a size 4 being the “new 8” and when Andi (Anne Hathaway) decided she wanted to be chic but she couldn’t find any ‘sample size’ clothes that would fit her, even though she was a size 6–that’s tiny!!! So, let’s just be clear–a size 6 REALLY is small, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

To continue the message…there is an article in the 7/10 issue of Star magazine showing the horrifyingly skinny trend in today’s celebs. What are these girls thinking??? TRUE, it’s not healthy for your body to be overweight, BUT it’s just as unhealthy (sometimes even worse) to be extremely underweight. Seeing these skinny superstars like Nicole Ritchie and Hilary Duff, can make it really difficult for regular girls to figure out what exactly is thin enough and what is actually overweight. This issue is even more complicated because the size zero and double zero clothes make even thin girls feel fat.
So here’s my message to you–forget all the ridiculously skinny actresses and ask your doctor (or another adult you trust) what is a healthy weight for regular people–you in particular. Make that your goal, through healthy eating and exercise. Oh, and one more thing–it’s okay for it to take months and even years for you to reach your goal as long as you keep trying. It’s not good to lose twenty pounds in a few weeks by starving yourself!
Have a great summer

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