Skip to comments.Girl Scout Cookies Boycott Called by National Action Against Obesity
Posted on 02/21/2007 3:25:57 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084
New York, NY (PRWeb) February 19, 2007 -- www.actionagainstobesity.com -- As America's child and adult obesity figures rise, National Action Against Obesity (NAAO), calls for a boycott of the reported $700 million in Girl Scout Cookies sold annually.
Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser "Girl Scout Cookies are high-calorie, high-sugar, high in saturated fat and nearly devoid of nutrition. Using young girls as a front to push millions of cookies onto an already bloated population further exacerbates an alarming crisis, no matter how cute the uniforms are," said NAAO President MeMe Roth. "The Girl Scouts sell up to 200 million boxes yearly -- that's about one box for every overweight American."
Girl Scouts of the USA have a flawed business model in direct conflict with their posted mission statement -- 'Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.' "Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser," continued Roth.
NAAO suggests Girl Scouts look to Boy Scouts as a model -- they're known for community service, unlike Girl Scouts singularly identified with baked goods. "Do your good deed -- while Girl Scout Cookies are on sale through March, smile at the children, offer a donation, but leave those cookies behind."
Unfortunately, Americans need a good prohibitionist crusade now and again to make us feel that we're holding the fort against the forces of darkness. Just as the prohibitionists tried to blame every social problem on "demon rum," so today everything wrong with our health is due to "obesity" (never mind that our lifespan is longer now than it's ever been.)
There are also plenty of people to go along with the new crusade. Just look at these threads - time and again you hear the same kind of fat- and food-bashing as in these articles.
OR, if they are really concerned that this is the method that girl scouts use to raise money they can donate enough money to the girl scouts that they don't have to raise support funds.
Sorry, the liberal nanny state do-gooder for profit money is off the table. That pays the mortgage on their mansion in Malibu.
Meanwhile, we the sheeple are busy arguing about whose vice is worse than the others, while they all make a fortune. Divide and conquer. And we're all gleefully going along with it until it's our ox being gored.
Now that the Girl Scouts are part of the Obama Youth, I’m just waiting for the day when MeMe Roth starts saying “Girl Scout cookies promote weight loss”, “It is your patriotic duty to buy and eat Girl Scout cookies”, and “I never called for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, you’re a kook and a food industry shill for saying I did”.