I'm linking up this post to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads!
There is a news article that's gotten a lot of attention in the past couple of days. I was going to ignore it. I was going to let the other bloggers talk about it, but my healthy lifestyle roots just couldn't let it go. Yoplait, the yogurt company, pulled a commercial off the air because it may cause someone to develop an eating disorder. WHAT???
Here is the commercial:
Okay, here's how I see it: As a whole Americans need to start thinking about what they are eating. We should ALL being having a dialogue with ourselves about smart choices and exercise. The fact is, there IS a correlation between smart diet decisions and our weight. There is a certain amount of activity we will need to do to burn off that cheesecake. I don't understand why Yoplait pulled the commercial.
According to the article, some people believe that this commercial would reinforce the idea that treats should be denied in order to become thinner. Well, friends, the truth is that unless you are willing to purposely work out, there does come a point that you are going to have to deny yourself dessert! That is just a fact of life. Would I like to have a sweet treat after every meal? you bet! Would that be a wise decision knowing that I can't exercise the way I used to? Heck no!
Eating disorders are not developed by watching commercials. They are developed in our minds when we decide we are not good enough for whatever reason. Eating disorders are a result of a constant assault to our minds that food is poison. This commercial in no way indicates that the woman NEVER eats dessert. It DOES show her making a conscious decision to make better choices- with some humor thrown in. That's the way I see it, anyway.
What do you think? Should the commercial have been taken off the air? Does Yoplait have an obligation to the public to let them know that eating dessert is okay?