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Before any of my friends share secrets with me they first want some assurance that I will keep the information that I am about to be given to myself. The conversation usually begins with the question, “Can you keep a secret?”
I let them know that I certainly can, and when I give that same information to some other person I begin the conversation with that same question: “Can you keep a secret?”
I will be told by the person I am speaking to that he or she is cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die capable. I’ll bet you know what happens next. Pretty soon there is not much secret left. This brings to mind the question as to why should there be secrets at all.
The first reason is the hope to spare a person’s feelings as in “Don’t tell Mary that you saw her husband with another woman. It would hurt her too much.” Perhaps the judgment is bad but at least the intention is good.
The second reason is free of any good intention. A secret must be kept in order to avoid the outrage and potential repercussions that would follow if that secret were bought to light.
So then, can you keep a secret?
A Thing or Two (or more)
That The Food Industry Would Rather You Didn’t Know
When the question as to how Americans came to be so very overweight is asked, many experts point accusing fingers at the food industry. It is even suspected that when the food industry promotes campaigns for wellness initiatives that these causes are little more than marketing tactics.
It was pointed out in the third installment of this series that the food industry spends billions of dollars marketing to children. Most of this marketing if for "get-fat-fast" foodstuffs that are high in calories, sugar, fat and sodium. The average kid sees about 5,500 commercials on televison per year for sugar-laden breakfast cereals, fast food, soft drinks and snacks. The counterbalance is the less than one hundred television commercials per year that the same kid sees advertising things like fruit and vegetables.
As a matter of fact, the James Oliver Food Foundation demonstrated in 2010 that some American school children are not even able to identify tomatoes, beets, or cauliflower. Many of America’s currently obese children are facing the prospect of having shorter life spans than their parents.
Having the food industry monitor itself is proving to be about as successful as getting a cannon ball to float. Studies that are supported by food producers tend to minimize the health concerns that accompany their products.
In a review of hundreds of studies that that explored the health effects of milk, juice and soda it was discovered that conclusions favorable to the food industry were several times greater for industry-sponsored studies than for studied that received no funding from industry.
There is still more information that the food industry would prefer to keep behind a curtain that will be shared in part five of the Great Weight Gain Addiction Game.
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Published On: November 17, 2013