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Speak Up: Does Anti-Hot-Dog Commercial Go Too Far?

A new commercial has been released by The Cancer Project that many folks are claiming goes too far. Take a look . . .

OK, so what do you think? Does this ad dramatize the risks associated with kids eating a hot dog every now and then, or is it an eye opener to improve foods in schools and get the government to stop providing processed meats to our kids? Speak up and share your thoughts below.

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shannon_xo shannon_xo 8 years
weird....
CestlavieSJP CestlavieSJP 8 years
The video scares, but for good reason. Of course the random hot dog is not going to hurt you for the most part, moderation is still key, but for those that eat processed meats everyday this should be a wake up call. Makes me glad I don't eat meat anymore... Only fear will stop some people from damaging their bodies, because most don't want to learn basic nutrition.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yeah, too far. I totally agree with Berlin on this one. Yes, we should eliminate processed meats from school lunches, but this isn't the way to do it. It's totally overblown. There's said to be a connection b/w women who remain childless and breast cancer, so should I be required to give birth?
rockinchica88 rockinchica88 8 years
I don't think it necessarily goes to far. More so, that it might be hard for people to overlook the unintentional humorous aspect to it. But what kids eat is important. So is instilling healthy eating habits. Choices for both some junky food and some healthy food is important. Micromanaging everything your child eats is over the line and could possibly lead to a rebellion. They need to be able to make these choices on their own, while being educated in the positives of healthy eating. I didn't learn until i was in my late teens but i'm doing great now. Just an example.
seraphimm seraphimm 8 years
Great video, hope I can see some changes soon.
seraphimm seraphimm 8 years
It's all about low costs and high efficiency... People (not individuals) seem to love that. Pizza deliveries don't even require cooking. Hot dogs are heated then tossed in buns. Everything IS fried and marinated with grease. Most school cafeterias around my town share the same catering services that serve PRISONS. Not saying criminals should be offered anything less than real food, but kids (including low-income) are PAYING for this trash.
mrscaru mrscaru 8 years
It's not going to far. It's the truth. Children eat the most disgusting things these days... my school serves everything processed and in plastic bags... they don't even have trays. Nutrition needs to be a much bigger issue for everyone!
ceej ceej 8 years
Archeologist often do digs at garbage dumps to demonstrated being able to determine what age each layer is when they are out in the field. They find hotdogs in the ten year layer, perfectly intact. I don't think anyone should be eating that!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Addressing the issue is not at all going too far, but I just found the commercial weird.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I think the hot dogs at the schools are the least of our problems. Now, I think we should worry about the "Hey, let's deep fry every veggie and meat to speed up cooking time" attitude that all the schools are getting. Oh, and my father's colleague dissected and examined a piece of hot dog under a microscope and found bits of cardboard. Eww.
rc rc 8 years
Not going too far, but certainly not addressing the real issues. We're putting too much pressure on schools to do things we as parents and a general society cannot. In case you didn't know, there are a lot of public schools, inner city and beyond, that have budget problems. They don't have enough school books for their students, overcrowded classes, not enough teachers, no gyms or instruments, or buildings that have been not been fixed for a long time. Until we can solve these problems for schools there is absolutely no place to ask that they feed our children whatever vague idea people have about what "healthier" food is.
myystque myystque 8 years
Even though I see Berlin's point about everything being a suspected carcinogen these days, I don't think it goes too far because as others have pointed out, some kids eat school lunches every day. And eating something unhealthy every single day can definitely have negative effects.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
LOL @ foxie These kids aren't enjoying a random hot dog, they are eating processed crap every single school day. I don't think it goes too far.
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
nope its just said the truth why people are just surprised because it demonstrated the food they eat in daily bases
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Oh please! Doesn't everything lead to cancer these days? Last I heard they were looking into broccoli (and no I'm not joking). You can link anything back to cancer and to say that even small amounts will lead to adult cancer? Sorry but you might as well have a woman giving birth and say "even being born will lead to adult cancer."
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
i think sodium nitrite is the issue. is it safe? i guess facts can be distorted on both sides of an issue in how one presents the facts. sure i think processed meats have a risk for bad health. but that is why one must realize what is safe and what isn't. if you eat a hot dog once in a long while, i doubt anything will come of it. but if you eat these meats consistently on a regular basis, i'd be worried simply because meat doesn't do well inside our colon. it kind of just rots. everything we eat just rots inside of us. but if it gets impacted in the colon and it doesn't come back out, it becomes very toxic. maybe this may be a good pitch for some hydro therapy of the colon? but to maintain your colon, fiber is good. but fiber won't clean you out if you are already suffering from an unhealthy colon. so we go back to the principles of good eating.. eat a balanced diet. look to the long term lifestyle. the quick fixes don't work, and bad choices don't help, but if we are consistent in making good eating choices, we don't have to sweat the few less healthy choices ;)
paintsquared paintsquared 8 years
It's about time we share the dangers of processed food with the general public. Great ad--it makes you think!
foxie foxie 8 years
If by "goes too far" you mean "makes parents feel guilty for letting their kids eat crap," then yes.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think it's going too far, either. Why do we as a society think it's perfectly OK to feed our kids things like hot dogs and pizza (both were lunchtime staples at my elementary school) as a main component of their diets? We need to start feeding our children a lot better if we want to see the trends in childhood obesity being reversed any time soon.
wmnslibr wmnslibr 8 years
It's not just about hot dogs, and they are talking about the way over-processed foods that kids eat, not the 100% all beef hot dogs. I think it makes a great statement. For some kids in poverty, school lunch is the only meal that they will eat that day. It should be healthy and give them energy to be able to perform.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I love a good hotdog once in a while, and will allow my children to have one once in a while.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I don't think it goes too far. This is the kind of thing that's needed to open people's eyes to how horrible the food we're feeding our children in school's is. I don't think it's meant to target people who eat a hot dog now and again, it's more like that's a pattern for many children and it is definitely harmful.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't eat meat anymore anyway but I remember actually avoiding hot dogs as a kid because I heard something about it increasing the chances of cancer in kids. Even though I never liked hot dogs much anyway. I don't know whether I think it goes too far, but school lunch choices could definitely be better than that, even though I currently have no idea what school lunches recently look like. I'm assuming it's not that different from when I was in school.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
i don't think it's gone too far! Frick I am NOT eating processed sandwich meats ANYMORE!
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