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Generation XL

Generation XL

Posted 1 March 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: obesity, health, vegetarian, vegan, fast food, video

Have you heard? They're predicting that the current generation of Aussie teenagers will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy. Isn't that disturbing!

The recent study by the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation estimates that 1 in 4 highschool students are overweight or obese - putting them at greater risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. (btw, this cartoon does a great job of illustrating the problem)

I don't get it! We know the facts and people still eat junk! I mean, we know that unhealthy meat-centric diets have been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer - our country's top killers. We know that on average vegetarians and vegans are less likely to be overweight or obese, and have a longer life expectancy than meat eaters. We know that most fast food is junk, and is bad for us and the environment. Yet Australia is one of the largest countries in the world (and I'm not talking about the size of our land mass) and it seems we may only be getting larger

Speaking of fast food and junk, this recent ad takes an interesting approach to trying to combat the problem of childhood obesity:

What do you think of the ad? How do you feel about the prediction that the next gen might be the first to live a shorter life? Is this the scariest news you've heard all day? Leave a comment below!

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Kirrilly Kirrilly 2 March 2011
It is a bit scary sad
I'm not entirely sure about the ad. I agree with it but I think most people will call it "outrageous" or an exaggeration when it's really not.

There was a good ad that I'm not sure is still on but it was a doctor urging parents to feed their kids plant-based spreads rather than butter & it had all these great facts about animal fat and such. I think that's where we need to start, one thing at a time, just gradually switching people on to one healthier choice at a time.
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...2 ...2 2 March 2011
I was thinking about this exact same thing the other day, you know. You look around any public place, and you're likely to see more overweight and obese people than lean, healthy people. Then you see a heap of anorexic-looking people. It's like we go to the two different extremes of weight, and very few people find the healthy middle ground.

Having a KFC, Hungry Jacks, McDonald's, Chicken Treat, Red Rooster, etc on every street corner probably doesn't help. Nor does the lack of education for children in regards to nutrition. Food Pyramid my arse. >.>
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..1 ..1 2 March 2011
I heard about this in my philiosophy class! The teacher said that we will be the first generation in the history of man kind to underlive the generation before us. Scary stuff.

I wonder if people who have been vegan/vegetarian from childhood will be the people who live the longest? How significant is the age decrease?

I don't think we're going to stop it though. Not with people thinking that meat is good for you. sad
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EarthDefender EarthDefender 3 March 2011
What an awesome ad! I cant wait for the gruen transfer to come back on...i'll be forwarding that to Wil!
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Clud Clud 5 March 2011
I actually find the fact the lifespan is increassing every generation is more scary, and i was happy to hear about it getting shorter. That being said though of course i wish everyone was veg.
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Taxidermied Baphomet Taxidermied Baphomet 7 March 2011
Jeez! I hate needles! That add is great, does this get aired on tv? i hope so.

So many parents arnt taking their child's health seriously, whether its from laziness (easier to buy takaway) or not being aware of it's impact.

Im glad that the subject of 'child obesity' is being made aware more and more..
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Becatron Becatron 8 March 2011
I agree with Taxidermied Baphomet.
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chibangers chibangers 10 March 2011
Love the ad.
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Val Val 12 March 2011
That gave me goosebumps! I think a lot of people will start reflecting on that

Great ad happy
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Angelmist Angelmist 16 March 2011
Wow that's very powerful!
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michelleo michelleo 20 March 2011
great ad it should be on tv all the time, it would make people think about buying junk food to kids... scared
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