They want us to boycott Girlscout Cookies !!!!

United States
February 27, 2007 4:00pm CST
Wow, folks are getting serious about the obesity epidemic! The National Action Againest Obesity group is calling for a boycott of Girlscout Cookies! The group thinks it is wrong that GirlScouts raise 700 million dollars a year off cookies when we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic! What do you think about this? Here is the full story: http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/blogs/paging.dr.gupta/
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@cipher2004 (1183)
• United States
27 Feb 07
That is so dumb ! I think it is great that they raise money by selling cookies.If you do not want to eat them then don't buy them. I always buy girlscout cookies and I only weigh 120 pounds.
• United States
27 Feb 07
I think that that is one of the stupidest things ive ever heard. It's the girl scouts!!! If you wan't to avoid obesity through boycotting then you are going to have to boycott virtually everything that is unhealthy in the world. If you want to defeat obesity then people need to do that for themselves.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I think that is just rediculous. I hardly think that would put a dent in the obesity problem...lol You can't blame the cookie...it's the hand that puts it in your mouth that is to blame. I think they are doing their part to be more healthy. NEW YORK — Trans Fats Removed From Girl Scout Cookies Sunday, February 25, 2007 For much of the country, it's Girl Scout cookie time again. And this year, all those cookies, not just the Thin Mints and a few others, will come nearly free of harmful trans fats. The Girl Scouts have marked their 90th year in the cookie business by getting most of the artificial fat out of all varieties of their iconic treats, which had been under attack by a few health-focused consumer groups. The change reflects a movement by the scouts in recent years to add an element of health consciousness to their annual bake sale. This year, about half of all Girl Scout troops are also offering a sugar-free cookie called the Little Brownie. A cookie with reduced saturated fat, the Cartwheel, was also introduced last year.
• United States
27 Feb 07
Yes, they sure did do their part! Thanks for reminding us of that mari. You are also correct in that the problem is not in the selling of the cookies, it is in eating too many of them and not exercising enough!
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@tammyr (5955)
• Etowah, Tennessee
28 Feb 07
Our Little Brownie is sugar free, but is is still high in carbs and calories from fat. We have a Cafe' cookie that is suppose to be for having with your tea or coffee, but no Cart wheel.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
It just another group trying to be the parent for all the children out there. Instead of showing parents and guardians how to eat sweets moderatly, here comes the cookie police to outlaw cookies. I bet they didn't even suggest what the Girl Scouts can or shouldf sell instead. They just want to outlaw all the "bad" food. And by outlawing something in America only makes it more popular. Had they heard of Prohibition?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Feb 07
These crazy groups keep getting more and more out of control every day. Did they ever browse through the grocery store and look at the cookie aisle and the snack food aisle? Where are there more shoppers (besides the deli) in any store at any one time? How can you boycott cookies, much less Girl Scout Cookies? The Scouts have been selling cookies for decades; it is a tradition. The problem with obesity is the people, NOT the cookies. A reasonable serving of any food will not make you gain weight, get fat, or become obese. Overeating on a daily basis, no portion control, and lack of exercise are what causes obesity. What are these people going to do next? Maybe they will boycott elevators and auto makers!
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I think it is crazy. This world has people that have nothing better to do it seems, than always looking for another cause to complain and do something about. How on earth did people survive for the last few thousand years without these people?
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Exactly Margie. Nothing has changed except our exercise level! I remember having girl scout cookies as a kid, but I also remember playing outside until dark...running and riding my bicycle. Today's kids are indoors in front of video games and computers...burning few to no calories!
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28 Feb 07
So cookies are the cause of obesity, yer right. Things like this make me so angry. We have a healthy schools policy now because of this and we have to make sure children are getting decent meals etc. Don't get me wrong I am all for this, but what the government and certain charities forget is that where I work, it is a deprived area and the shops parents have to buy their food is so bad, what we do will not make the slightest difference. When children are being fed MacDonalds, packaged meals because there isn't a decent fruit and veg shop around maybe this is the cause for so many kids being obese. Also, when schools sell snacks like burgers, pizza and doughnuts at break, to make a profit, maybe this is why our kids are all hyperactive. Of course not, its those GirlScouts who are at the cause of it all. Shame on them!!
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@smuggeridge (2157)
28 Feb 07
thats not the problem, the problem is that there aren't enough girls in the girlscouts. If more people joined organisations whereby they went outside and did exercise the world wouldn't be in the middle of this epidemic
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
28 Feb 07
The NAAO is barking up the wrong tree. Girl Scout Cookies are not the problem. They only sell them once a year and not everyone buys them. The real problem is unhealthy life styles and eating habits and lack of exercise that goes on all year long. This is why I don't support these kind of groups. They are so short sighted and biased. There are a thousand other causes for the obesity epidemic. Banning Girl Scout Cookies will not solve anything. They should ban fast food, soft drinks, and snacks. Then make everyone walk 2 miles a day...then they might make a few ounces of difference.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Wow! I can't believe they'd even attempt to do something like that! What happened to personal choice? What's next, taking the cookies off the shelves at the grocery store? Then maybe they can close down all of the McDonalds and Burger Kings or something. It's up to each person to decide what they put into their mouth or not and not up to some National Action group! On one hand, it is good that they have made the fast food chains make their food healthier, and offer more diet conscious menus, but to pick on a service organization like the Scouts is just plain nuts!
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
27 Feb 07
Why don't they leave the girlscouts alone and go straight to the top and boycott sugar all together. They are getting stupid now.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Wow that is REALLY REALLY SAD! As a formal girlscott I think I want to CRY! I recall the good old days when cookies were MUCH bigger boxed and CHEAPER. Now smaller each year and more costly too its not fun to buy them no more! As a kid, as a brownie, my parents would buy them off of me so I could earn the prizes quicker. We'd be eating cookies for months! *L* I'd never boycott something like that as cookies. That is just WRONG. Girlscouts have been raising money for AGES with cookies. Trust me. I was one and that was well over like in the 80's :))
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
27 Feb 07
We all have a right to have a cookie or two. I cant see anyone trying to stop a girl scout tradition. It may not be too good to eat them by the boxes all at once but I hardly think it should be outlawed to have cookies. I dont know why people do things like this. Are they just bored and poor managers of their time. Its really a case of going too far as far as I am concerned. Now please pass me those cookies....lol
@mixey62 (305)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I agree! The Girl Scouts should find another (healthier) way to raise money that won't add to the growing epidemic. It also teaches girls the benefits of healthful eating- and lets face it- the last thing fat kids need these days is encouragement to eat cookies.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Wow thats sad no more girl scout cookies I wouldn't want to live in that world! I grew up on them , I am not fat, My kids ate them , I was girl scout my daughter is a girl scout! and we are not fat because of them. SAD SAD SAD ANSWER! its not the cookies! If it was I would weigh 1000 lbs!
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• Canada
28 Feb 07
What a wonderful world we live in, where people like this are even given the time of day! But when you have a name like MeMe, how serious can we take her??? When are these do-gooders going to realize that people have to be responsible for their own actions, and if I want to eat a million packs of cookies, who's business it is but mine? What's next, banning computers since it causes us to sit on out butts all day? I hope not, I'm addicted to myLot..
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Well, while we're on the subject of names making the personality, how serious can we take someone named comedyaddict, even if it is an assumed name? And what the heck is an ElementalDragon that we should listen to what it has to say? :) My $0.02 at the moment.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
1. There is no obesity epidemic. The percentage of obese children went from 4% to 8% in 10 years. That means that 92% of the children in the US are NOT obese. 2. This group is woefully uninformed. Although not conceding there is an epidemic, the cookies went transfat free this year. We want healthy cookies. 3. But, like everything else, eat in moderation. Do not indulge yourself in those lovely single serving tubes of thin mints (think gerbil feeders). Eating in moderation rather than stuffing your face constantly and blaming the food for your lack of self-control.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
If you eat cookies like a gerbil, you deserve to be as plump as a gerbil. My $0.02 at the moment.
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@goodson (93)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Personally, I love the Girl Scout cookies! Whether I choose to eat one or the whole box is on my shoulders, not the Girl Scouts. They shouldn't be penalized for the wrong decisions I make. I say, keep on selling.
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28 Feb 07
I think it is a load of hooey!!! If this keeps up, there won't be a cookie in sight. Pretty soon if we want cookies, we will have to bake them ourselves. Well, I do anyway, but still and all, that is insane. How else are the girls scouts supposed to raise money?
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
28 Feb 07
This reminds me of the lawsuit that someone had where they were suing Kelloggs because they put cartoon characters on their products (IE Spongebob). She said that she her children had to have them (apparently she doesn't know how to say no!!) and it was Kellogg's fault since they weren't healthy like the choices she wanted them to eat. Just because they are out there doesn't mean you have to eat 50 boxes! They come out once a year and we maybe buy 2-3 boxes. You can eat cookies without being stupid about it. Are they going to have us Boycott WalMart for selling Keebler cookies, too? It's insane! If you don't think they're healthy then don't buy them! Don't make it so that I can't order some if I want to (meaning if there is a big enough stink that they might stop selling them). What would they rather them sell to make money? Magazines and over-priced wrapping paper like the schools do? UGH! This kind of thing drives me nuts. If you don't like somethign and thing it is fattening, don't buy them and don't eat them but leave the products alone so that I still have a choice.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
i read somewhere that the girl scouts have eliminated trans fats from their cookies, i also agree with prior statements of self control. one should know better than to eat 10 boxs and not excercise
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