Obesity is a big problem in American society. The soft drink industry has been taking a lot of blame for this epidemic. It’s no secret that soda is tasty, but pretty bad for you. The city where I live will limit serving sizes for sugary drinks in fast food restaurants starting in March. But how much is soda to blame for obesity? This question is addressed in this new 2-minute spot from Coca-Cola.
I actually found out about this video through a column on Adweek, which mostly finds it manipulative and awkward. One quote I found particularly interesting was “the subtext for consumers translates roughly to ‘If you’re fat, it’s your fault. Drink a diet soda, idiot. Get on the treadmill. We gave you options. Not our problem.’” And you know what? That subtext is exactly right.
I’m clearly not a public health expert…I’m a blogger. I realize I could probably write a long piece about obesity in America, but I figure you’d rather read that from someone who’s you know, actually qualified to talk about it. It’s a complex issue. But here’s my humble opinion. One of the great parts about living in the free world is the ability to choose. Coca-Cola is a huge corporation. Their purpose is to give people what they want, and make money. Coke really doesn’t have to address obesity, but they thought it was in their best interest for PR purposes. And Coca-Cola is right…they do have a lot of low/no-calorie choices. Or here’s another idea. You know that clear liquid that comes out of your faucet? Water! It’s free, keeps you hydrated, and is great for you. Alas, it’s about self-control. If you guzzle sugary soft drinks constantly, then yeah, it’s not healthy. But self-control and moderation are the key. Nobody is forcing you to drink anything. Exercise! Be smart! In the end, people really need to stop blaming corporations for their poor life decisions. It’s your own damn fault!