Saturday, October 22, 2005

Cereal offenders

The Sydney Morning Herald reports of a controversy brewing in Australia over a popular children's TV personality, Monica Trapaga. "All because she appears in an ad for Coco Pops, the innocuous sugary breakfast cereal that some parents' groups are treating as if it were crack cocaine."

Sugared cereals have long been the target of health activists. The newspaper columnist reporting this story sums it up well:

"If you stuff your face with fattening food and don't do any exercise, you have no one to blame but yourself when you get fat. And if parents cave in to children demanding Coco Pops for breakfast every morning, that's not the fault of television or the government. It's because they won't say 'No'."

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