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The Trek to a Yogurt Less Sweet

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GH1618 May 11, 2013 11:28 AM

Here's an illustration why the obesity epidemic is nearly impossible to solve, from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/bus...

The product is yogurt targeted at children and loaded with sugar. Dannon worked two years to figure out how to cut the sugar from 14 grams to 10! I can figure it out in two seconds — don't put sugar in your yogurt! If the kids don't like it, that's just too bad.

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    foodieX2 May 11, 2013 11:32 AM

    It is too bad if the kids don't like it, at least from a business model perspective. If the kids don't like, parents don't buy it. Parents don't buy it then the company doesn't make money. Dannon is not in the business of fixing the "obesity problem", they are in the business of pleasing their stock holders.

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      GH1618 May 11, 2013 11:36 AM

      Yes, I know that — it's the parents' responsibility. But if they were marketing alcohol or tobacco to children, we'd make them stop.

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        foodieX2 May 11, 2013 11:40 AM

        Sugar is not an illegal substance. It is illegal to sell booze and smokes to underage children. There are plenty of things marketed to children that is questionable but the govt won't step in unless it is illegal.

        And seriously does anyone think that cup cake vodka, root beer float vodka and the like aren't being marketed to teens?

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