Coca Cola et al.

Have you seen this commercial yet?

What do think about this?

Many people will find this as a company being responsible- without saying it outright, Coca Cola is basically saying Coke is major cause in obesity. And in some regards I could respect that- except that’s only half the problem. What they’re promoting instead are their “180” beverages that are low or no calorie. Because God-forbid Coca Cola looses money off this.

Do you think this is being responsible? On one side of the coin, they are finally admitting that their product does have high amounts of sugar in them and is a major contributor to obesity.

But Coca Cola has been around for 100 years….. why NOW is it part of the obesity problem? Why not 50 years ago? Even 20 years ago….

I got really mad when Mayor Bloomberg in NYC tried to ban super sized soda in the city. His intentions were good, but the approach was all wrong. Instead of just banning large sodas, why not use that money for education instead of lobbying?

Is the problem really the food?

I’m sure everyone saw the documentary “Supersize Me.” Or at least heard of it. If not here’s a link. After watching that, I vowed that fast food was the reason everyone was getting fat-including me-even though fast food was never really part of my diet to begin with. Growing up, fast food was a treat. It was something we had only when my mom was sick with a cold and couldn’t cook, on a road trip or at a birthday party (having your birthday party at McDonald’s in the 80s meant you were the coolest kid in the world BTW). Even when I got old enough to make and purchase food on my own, I never let fast food become the forefront of my diet.

And then I saw Fat Head. This documentary has the same idea as Supersize Me, but the goal was to debunk the notion that fast food companies are to blame for our obesity epidemic. And it did.

And there lies the problem:

WE ARE MAKING BAD CHOICES. NO ONE IS TO BLAME BUT US.

Not that I’m letting fast food companies off the hook. They aren’t truthful with their nutrition facts, they lobby the FDA to design the food pyramid to boost consumption of corn and wheat to profit agribusiness, they pump up their serving sizes to make you eat more so you buy more…it’s bad. However, none of these companies tie you down and force the food in your mouth! And I’ll save the whole GMO debate for another time.

So even though I want to be mad a Coca Cola for putting out these healthy commercials- because NOTHING they produce is healthy- including their zero calorie drinks (another blog), I can’t be. They’re doing something responsible- they are educating people. And they really don’t have to.

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Perspective

I’ve said that word a lot lately. I’m teaching the concept in my art classes the past couple weeks. I show the kiddos how to make objects ‘jump’ off the page by bending a few lines. When I show them this, I love how the light bulbs start blinking around the room. Those Eureka! moments every teacher longs to see each day. All I’ve done is teach them how to…. ‘see.’ is what I tell them.

That’s all art is, you know. It hasn’t nothing to do with what your hand can do. It has to do with what your eye can see. It’s all about ‘perspective.’

As I help change students’ perspectives, mine is changing too. I realized today it’s been six weeks since I changed my lifestyle. Not a diet anymore…it’s a new lifestyle. I don’t feel the sadness over not being able to eat poor. I don’t even feel that angry or pissy I have to work out.

I now ‘see’ what everyone was talking about. I was just too scared to listen…