These people are kidding. Right?

Watching one episode of Britain’s Got Talent could cause children to eat an additional 50 calories, a study has found.

The Obesity Health Alliance analysed adverts during six live episodes of Britain’s Got Talent over one week in May and June, finding that 23 per cent were for food or drink high in fat, sugar and salt such as pizza, burgers and ice cream.

According to the OHA, a child who watched all six episodes in one week would have seen more than 22 minutes of unhealthy food and drink adverts, which the charity calculated could lead to them eating an extra 300 calories.

No one is going to take this seriously, are they?

12 thoughts on “These people are kidding. Right?”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    With all the modern technology that allows us to skip adverts do people actually watch adverts nowadays? How quaint.

    I suspect the only eyeballs on those ads are older people who can’t operate technology and not kids who have zero attention span.

  2. The constant hectoring about “obesity” from the government might possibly have something to do with a sharp rise in young people suffering from anorexia.

  3. It’s not us out here that they’re trying to convince, it’s the fuckwits in the House of Traitors.

  4. “Watching one episode of Britain’s Got Talent could cause children to eat an additional 50 calories, a study has found.”

    That ‘could’ is doing a lot of work there. Presumably they ‘could’ also take a foreign holiday, buy a vacuum cleaner, adopt a dog or any of the other adverts they see.

  5. 50 calories! Oh no!
    So I Googled “How many calories in an apple?” The answer: 95 calories in a medium sized apple.
    Watching telly COULD make a child eat half an apple. Most nutritionists would think that’s a GOOD THING*, wouldn’t they?

    * © Sellar & Yeatman

  6. “high in fat, sugar and salt”

    If the fat is animal fat, no harm there. Salt, for all but a tiny fraction of the population, no harm there. Sugar: more of an open question but I tend to assume that fear of sugar – even if you plan to consume it on an American scale – is overdone.

    I’d be more worried about the intellectual damage wrought by watching the Britain’s Got Talent rot. I’d be even more worried about the intellectual damage necessary to believe OHA.

  7. I walked into town to collect my car from the garage. On the way I bought and consumed a dripping sandwich. HORROR! Close to 100% fat and salt!

  8. Not watched it but I assume the show itself it contains a reasonable share of dancers or others doing something physical, might that not encourage kids to take up a healthy activity which would counteract the ads

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    I walked into town to collect my car from the garage. On the way I bought and consumed a dripping sandwich. HORROR! Close to 100% fat and salt!

    Hmm, I didn’t realise you could still get them. A pub I used to use in my youth* used to put them on on Sunday lunchtimes based on the dripping from Sunday roast the landlady was cooking for her husband. Often it was still warm.

    A couple of white bread dripping sandwiches washed down by 3 pints of beer, its enough to give a health Nazi a heart attack 🙁

    *The Rose Inn, Pickering, and will have been about ’77/’78

  10. When I was working in Schleswig-Holstein (early noughties) the hotel had pats of dripping as well as butter to spread on your bread. Having been brought up on dripping butties, I was delighted.

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