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Will Cartoon Stickers Make Kids Eat Healthier?

AdriHead 2012/08/23 22:31:39
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Kids are easily distracted, so it's no surprise that if you smack a sticker of Elmo on an apple, they're more likely to eat it. And a recent study proved exactly that. Researchers, whose findings appeared in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, discovered that when elementary students were offered apples and cookies with lunch, they were more likely to grab the apple when it included a cartoon sticker, like Elmo from "Sesame Street" for example.

Do you think health food companies should brand their healthy food with cartoon characters in order for kids to eat them? Or will some students still be grabbing cookies instead of fruit no matter what?

CSMONITOR.COM reports:
Healthy snacks are more appealing for kids when there's a cartoon sticker, says study.
csmonitor reports healthy snacks appealing kids cartoon sticker study

Read More: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0...

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  • Sage 2012/09/05 00:24:24
    No
    Sage
    I can't figure out why people assume what's on television will make their children do this and that. If a child wants to eat healthy or unhealthy, they will do it regardless of what's on the outside of the product. Same with reckless behavior- if a kid wants to do something, they will most-likely do it. And it isn't influenced by TV characters.
  • Klynn 2012/08/29 15:46:40
    No
    Klynn
    Their parents will. Stop blaming the cartoon characters for the way kids eat... their parents feed them not the characters they see on t.v.!
  • Airhead 2012/08/28 23:50:52 (edited)
    Yes
    Airhead
    It sure worked for Popeye. After Popeye became a popular childrens character spinach sales went through the roof.

    popeye
  • lurch 2012/08/28 22:23:20
    No
    lurch
    Taking away the option of 'junk food' should be the tactic used by parents. If they refuse to eat what's on their plate, threaten them with liver and brussel sprouts.
  • Airhead lurch 2012/08/28 23:45:25
    Airhead
    The whole "veggies are bad" mentality is what got us here in the first place. Using healthy foods as a punishment is a horrible parental decision.
  • lurch Airhead 2012/10/01 23:05:47
    lurch
    You're right. Healthy foods shouldn't be used as a punishment. What I'm seeing is children, with the meal in front of them who are also aware of dessert - wherever that may be - refusing outright to eat dinner in hopes of getting dessert sooner. Many parents negotiate, at this point, eventually caving in after a few bites of nutrition before they allow the indulgence in sugar. This is wrong.
    The only exception I'd make is for items your child has TRIED ONCE, and said he doesn't like it. My parents often put these vegetables in casseroles or soups and we found out afterwards what we ate.
  • Naked 2012/08/28 21:08:34
    No
    Naked
    Parents can though.
  • Quazar 2012/08/28 19:29:30
    No
    Quazar
    +1
    Unfortunatly the menu boils down to what mama or daddy are willing to cook. The poor kid can only say "Elmo said" and that's about as much as the kid will be allowed to spout out.
  • Flamingolady 2012/08/28 19:01:50
    No
    Flamingolady
    +1
    The PARENTS are what will make children eat healthier!
  • Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of ... 2012/08/28 17:03:43
    Yes
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +2
    It'd work on my 4 year old. He eats anything I give him anyway, but if there was a cartoon or superhero involved, he'd beg for it.
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/08/28 15:37:14
    No
    ★Calliope★
    Not if their brain-dead parents remain clueless with regard to what parenthood entails and their responsibilities to their children.
  • Joe Blow 2012/08/28 14:51:57
    No
    Joe Blow
    No, but it might make them better drummers:

  • craptonian 2012/08/28 10:08:35
    Yes
    craptonian
    i dont know about you guys.. but if i saw a zuchinni with an elmo sticker on it.. id eat it raw...
  • Gwen 2012/08/28 01:21:00
    Yes
    Gwen
    because it's like eating Elmo's head.
  • blackrings70 2012/08/27 17:43:14
    No
    blackrings70
    +2
    I encouraged my children to eat fruits and veggies early on, so I don't have an issue with them not wanting to now.
  • u000 2012/08/27 16:56:44
    Yes
    u000
    +2
    maybe... is better to try with stickers than not try at all
  • Ozymandias 2012/08/27 16:39:23
  • Nyarlathotep 2012/08/27 14:57:53
    No
    Nyarlathotep
    I don't really have an opinion on this, I just got the hilarious image in my head of someone mixing up the cartoon stickers with cigarette pack images.
  • Papilio 2012/08/27 10:26:28
    No
    Papilio
    That ******** purplish thing is freaky.Never liked it .
    But who knows.Maybe kids think they can kill him that way. ;D
  • May 2012/08/27 07:01:06
    No
    May
    That is up to what their parents feed them.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/08/27 04:35:53
    No
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
  • BloodMist 2012/08/27 00:03:42 (edited)
    No
    BloodMist


    Play Really good cartoons, in other words, kids.
  • Nightmusic 2012/08/26 23:41:41
    No
    Nightmusic
    I think it disrespects a person to manipulate him like that. It also robs the child of the chance to discover for himself that he likes apples.
  • MlssCue... Nightmusic 2012/08/27 04:36:51
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +1
    How is this manipulation? Not sure I get that one.
  • eminemfan 2012/08/26 23:15:21
    Yes
    eminemfan
    +1
    yes a long time ago when "iron man" came out me and my friends were getting pizza they wanted the iron man cokes and when they took all of them one of the kids who wanted it got root beer insted i said "i thought u wanted coke?" he said "no they took all of the iron man ones" he dosent even like coke he just wanted it because iron man was on it.
  • Bazinga! 2012/08/26 22:33:33
    No
    Bazinga!
    Companies branding healthy food with cartoon characters in order for kids to eat them is the same that tobacco companied branding cigarette packets with health warnings in orther for adults don't smoke it. I think it goes without saying that in both cases does not result.
  • vinone 2012/08/26 21:24:30
    Yes
    vinone
    How could it not? That's what advertising is, using something to sell your product.... Fruity Pebbles, Scooby Doo fruit snacks, a ball with Spongebob's face on it, a cartoon themed board game, etc. etc. That's how our world works now, you use something to make people think they really want it.
  • BuggaBoo 2012/08/26 20:47:24
    No
    BuggaBoo
    +1
    how will a cartoon teach children to eat healthier? I don't see that as an option because the broader outreach of junkfood hits harder. some kids don't even watch elmo anymore.
  • mallobarb 2012/08/26 20:18:32
    Yes
    mallobarb
    if they are very young and loved that cartoon . elmo
  • DP 2012/08/26 19:11:15
    No
    DP
    +1
    PARENTS will make kids eat healthier if they really want to.
  • MlssCue... DP 2012/08/27 04:37:28
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    Right. It has to be introduced to them from the onset.
  • SA 2012/08/26 17:46:53
  • Kieran 2012/08/26 12:25:53
    No
    Kieran
    +1
    Stickers dont change change anything.
    I know, for a fact if you give your child a sticker, it doesnt help them eat healthier in anyway.
    Im a single parent and i've experimented with this topic, and it didnt help my little girl eat healthy.
  • Lil 2012/08/26 12:05:37 (edited)
  • Airhead Lil 2012/08/28 19:21:33
    Airhead
    +1
    Welcome to sodahead, where intelligence and common sense go to die.
  • ed 2012/08/26 10:38:54
    No
    ed
    +1
    kids should be able to eat what they want.
  • Mel Mar... ed 2012/08/26 12:52:04
    Mel Martens
    +3
    If that logic had been used on me as a child I would be dead by now.
  • BuggaBoo ed 2012/08/26 20:49:54
    BuggaBoo
    +1
    i disagree completely. allowing children to stuff their faces with junk and absolute health depleting foods can lead to childhood obesity, cancers, diabetes, heart problems..... need I go on?
  • ed BuggaBoo 2012/08/26 20:55:29
    ed
    +1
    I didn't say they should stuff their faces ,you know as well as me that they will eat what is put in front of them or do without,what snacks they might eat is also up to them ,hopefully it's not a lot of junk foods and I know I should of added within reason to my comment.
  • BuggaBoo ed 2012/08/26 21:31:07
    BuggaBoo
    +3
    i see ur point... barely :-I, but fruits, veggies and healthy stuff, is NOT what most kids want. they like candy, potato chips and soda. If they could have what they want "like u said", that stuff will happen. What kids want and what they need are 2 different things

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