If one believes that Miley Cyrus is influencing our nation’s adolescent girls towards a life of decadence and debauchery then one must also hold culpable such sports icons as LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Serena Williams for their role in destroying our kids’ wellness.
Why? Well, a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale reveals many top U.S. athletes actively promote very, very unhealthy food and drinks.
In fact, Yale’s Marie Bragg, the study’s author, says top athletes endorsed 62 food products, including burgers, cookies and cereal. And, 49 of the 62 were high in calories and low in nutritional value. That’s a completion average that Peyton Manning’s under-performing brother, Eli, would die for.
Jocks also endorsed 46 sports drinks, sodas and other beverages. A staggering 43 of the 46 contained calories from extra sugar.
And, it works says Emma Boyland, of the University of Liverpool: “We know that children (and teens) are really affected by this sort of thing. We know that influences the type of foods they choose and they eat.”
Here’s the rich irony: The world’s fittest athletes, whose bodies are finely-tuned instruments and whose diets are meticulously monitored to generate maximum strength, turn around and promote junk food to their adoring fans.
They’re twerking our tummies.
So, I ask you, what’s worse:
- A trampy singer who is re-defining the word sleazy and being followed like a pied piper by 10-year-old girls (note: A recent report said Miley Cyrus’ teddy bear twerking outfit is THE top Halloween costume among young girls)
- Uber athletes who encourage the rest of us to consume fatty, caloric crap that clogs arteries, expands waistlines and leads to such nasty side effects as diabetes, tooth decay, arterial blockage and, my personal favorite, the risk of sudden death?
I’d argue they fit hand-in-glove. Together, Miley, Serena, Peyton, LeBron and others are living large while contributing to the moral, spiritual and physical decay of our country’s future leaders. Communism couldn’t have done a better job.
When some future historian sits down to write, ‘The Decline and Fall of the American Empire,’ he or she will most assuredly include a chapter on the role of role models in greasing the skids. And, the operative word in this case is greasing.
It’s all so sad, isn’t it?
And a tip o’ Rep’s climbing helmet to Ray, “Sure as Rain” Carroll for suggesting this post.