Friday, May 20, 2011

Are You Pouring On the Pounds?

This ad is from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.    It's part of Mayor Bloomberg's campaign to fight obesity.

I love it.  It's simple, and tells the truth in such a great visual way.   The brown liquid is pouring out of a bottle that is obviously meant to represent Coke, and transforms into globules of fat.

Yesterday, my son's special ed classroom hosted a luncheon for parents.  It was sweet.  The kids prepared and baked lasagna, salad, cookies and fruit salad for us (I was happy to see the salad and fruit salad), and then read little poems to us.

To go along with the food, there was an assortment of beverages including soda, and some questionable, sugar laden fruit punch.  While the other kids (and many of the adults) went for the soda and fruit punch, my son went straight to the bottle of Poland Springs Water (didn't even have bubbles in it).     Even when one of the aides offered him soda, he turned it down.  

Considering that understanding the concept that soda is unhealthy for him is beyond my son's cognitive capabilities (he's autistic), I'm so proud of the fact that I've raised my children to prefer straight old water above any kind of sugar laden drink.   

It took me years to wean myself off of junk beverages.    My parents allowed us to drink soda, and by the time I was in College I had a serious Tab addiction (remember Tab?).   I've been "clean" for over ten years now, and couldn't fathom the idea of drinking a soda or diet soda anymore.  Like my children, it just seems natural to head for the water, whether it comes from the tap or a bottle.  

1 comment:

  1. I grew up on Pepsi but I don't buy pop for our house but get it in restaurants or at the store once in awhile. I was at my daughters school for a spa day and she's in early childhood preschool aka special ed. There assortment of goodies to eat included: cheesie poofs, crackers, cookies, other sugary crap. Eh. I'm glad when I pack her real snacks she doesn't get that stuff.