(Natural News) What if getting your teens to eat healthier was as easy as teaching them more about junk food and its marketing tactics? If you’re thinking that would never work, think again: A new study has shown that educating teens about junk food and how ads influence them can cut their junk food buying habits by as much as 31 percent.
That was the surprising finding made by researchers from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. If there’s one thing teenagers hate, it’s feeling like adults are manipulating them into doing something that they want them to do, so the study used this feeling to discourage them from buying and eating unhealthy foods.
In their study, they divided more than 500 eighth-graders into two groups. The first group was given an expose-style article outlining how big food companies manipulate them into buying junk food. It painted these firms as the manipulative marketers they are, explaining how they target young people, and those with lower incomes in particular, and try to get them hooked on these foods. The second group was given an article about the benefits of eating healthy foods.
After reading the articles, those who had read the ones about the predatory marketing practices of food companies chose fewer junk foods the next day and opted for water rather than soda. A year later, they found that those who had been exposed to the expose chose healthier options for the remaining three months of their school year. Boys were particularly impacted, cutting their junk food intake by 31 percent compared to the group who read about healthy eating.
The study’s coauthor, Christopher Bryan, explained it nicely, stating: “Food marketing is deliberately designed to create positive emotional associations with junk food, to connect it with feelings of happiness and fun.??”What we’ve done is turn that around on the food marketers by exposing this manipulation to teenagers, triggering their natural strong aversion to being controlled by adults. If we could make more kids aware of that, it might make a real difference.”…
The same probably applies to teaching them something about media propaganda and how it serves the interests of its owners, its advertisers and the government agencies which dish out controlled access to privileged insider “sources”. Government PR is a low-cost feeding trough for the media, no research is needed, just infinite gullibility.
The “news” is a monstrosity derived from the conflicts of interests of every institution involved in its production. — unknown
And beyond all that is the invisible influence of secret societies, but there’s no need to make teenagers paranoid. The paranoia will come later.