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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Even if he's wrong about Obama, there have been research studies that conclude that children pick cereals based on recognizable, popular characters. So on that premise alone, should we ban characters on cereal all together, or use that knowledge to sell "healthier" cereals?

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    Well, because I can't pass up an opportunity, I think we should be educating our kids on how stuff is sold to them. Both products and ideas. Not easy to do with the really little kids, but theoretically doable and I believe it would be healthy for our society as a whole if the effectiveness of these methods was reduced through early education.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    No. The parents should decide what cereals they will allow their children to eat, regardless of whose picture is on the front of the box. It's called parenting and we don't need the government to do it for us.




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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    I heard about this one recently. It seems Obama wants to do away with Toucan Sam, Tony The Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, and the other mascots who attract children to certain cereals because he claims they are making our children fat.
    Well...the reasoning makes sense to me. If we're going to ban Joe Camel for advertising cigarettes to kids, I don't see how this is fundamentally different. The only question would be whether unhealthy cereals are as bad for you as cigarettes. I don't claim to know the definitive answer on this, but I do think that obesity is probably at least as big of a health problem as smoking in this country.

    So I'm not going to reflexively oppose this.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Whats the big deal? Der Oneder has been shown with mulitple photo ops chowing down on burgers and fries...why should kids cerals be targeted when he is promoting that?

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Whats the big deal? Der Oneder has been shown with mulitple photo ops chowing down on burgers and fries...why should kids cerals be targeted when he is promoting that?
    He is "promoting" it? Did he dress up as Ronald McDonald and do a commercial?
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    He is "promoting" it? Did he dress up as Ronald McDonald and do a commercial?
    Clowns chowing on burgers for photo ops. Yes. Yes he did.

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Clowns chowing on burgers for photo ops. Yes. Yes he did.
    So anyone who has ever eaten a burger is unqualified to have an opinion on whether or not they should be marketed to kids? Should tobacco/alcohol companies be allowed to market their products to kids? If you answer anything other than "yes," I presume you have never smoked tobacco or drunk alcohol in your entire life, right?
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    So anyone who has ever eaten a burger is unqualified to have an opinion on whether or not they are healthy? Should tobacco/alcohol companies be allowed to market their products to kids? If you answer anything other than "yes," I presume you have never smoked tobacco or drunk alcohol in your entire life, right?
    Burgers and fries are 'healthy'? Should Obama be allowed to pose for photo ops with junk foods? That will continue to encourage his followers to eat junk food. Seems to me that if you are making the argument that we shouldnt target cereal to children because of the health consequences then the LAST thing you need is Obama advertising junk food to the people MOST prone to be overweight in our society. As for the marketing of alcohol to kids connection...thats just goofy.

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    Yes...I started smoking AND drinking VERY early in my childhood. It had everything to do with my environment and NOTHING to do with advertising.

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Burgers and fries are 'healthy'? Should Obama be allowed to pose for photo ops with junk foods? That will continue to encourage his followers to eat junk food. Seems to me that if you are making the argument that we shouldnt target cereal to children because of the health consequences then the LAST thing you need is Obama advertising junk food to the people MOST prone to be overweight in our society.
    Banning individuals from inadvertently "advertising" something by consuming it themselves, is very different from a corporate marketing campaign specifically targeting children. That's a whole different can of worms.

    As for the marketing of alcohol to kids connection...thats just goofy.
    Why? Unhealthy cereals and alcohol are both bad for you, so there's no fundamental difference between the two. It's just a question of whether the health consequences are as severe (and I don't know if they are).

    Yes...I started smoking AND drinking VERY early in my childhood. It had everything to do with my environment and NOTHING to do with advertising.
    But that's the point, if you have consumed tobacco/alcohol before then by your own logic you are unqualified to suggest that advertising them to kids should be banned. Seems like you're holding Obama to a near-impossible standard. I mean, does he have to go vegan in order to want to fight obesity?
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Banning individuals from inadvertently "advertising" something by consuming it themselves, is very different from a corporate marketing campaign specifically targeting children. That's a whole different can of worms.



    Why? Unhealthy cereals and alcohol are both bad for you, so there's no fundamental difference between the two. It's just a question of whether the health consequences are as severe (and I don't know if they are).



    But that's the point, if you have consumed tobacco/alcohol before then by your own logic you are unqualified to suggest that advertising them to kids should be banned. Seems like you're holding Obama to a near-impossible standard. I mean, does he have to go vegan in order to want to fight obesity?
    Dood...you are presenting some of the most foolish arguments I have seen on this board. SO...if an adult at one time consumed Capn Crunch they are unqualified to suggest advertising them should be banned?

    The OP suggests that those cereals should NOT be allowed to advertise to children because they are unhealthy. Obama has had several photo ops eating junk food. Equally unhealthy behaviors, especially considering the number of his mindless followers that are prone to obesity.

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