Shopping for groceries the other day, my kids noticed this product that made us all stop in our tracks: Chubby Drink from Aisle 7!
Yes, this is a real product from a real major brand supermarket.
Yes, the label does read “Chubby” and shows a picture of a, well, chubby kid.
No, it’s not a new health drink. Packed into that portable, kid-sized 8-ounce container is the equivalent of 2 candy bars worth of calories and sugar.
No, you’re not being “punked” or on candid blogger or seeing a prop from SNL. This truly is a real drink sold in stores coast to coast.
I’m not against a sugary treat once in a while as I don’t feel food should be banned from our children’s diets, but introduced with portion control and balance as the main messages. However, I draw the line at messaging that is gratuitously degrading and aimed at product sales above the health and well-being of children.
While a picture may be worth a thousand words, in this case only two come to my mind: “No, thanks.”
*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Gwenn Is In*