Homer's dodgy diet is beyond joke for food police

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    • Homer Simpson is bad health role model, apparently
    • 40% of health messages in Simpsons go against medical advice
    • Homer recommended to change dietry habits

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    "Fats, sweets and alcohol, particularly beer, doughnuts and salty/fatty/snacks accounted for 52 per cent of all foods eaten in this programme." - Report from New Jersey’s Rutgers University

    Story in full HE WEIGHS in at somewhere in excess of 17 stone, has suffered several heart attacks and undergone triple heart bypass surgery. With his protruding belly, addiction to doughnuts and Duff beer and his fear of any form of physical exercise, Homer Simpson is nobody’s idea of a figure of good health.

    Unfortunately, the message appears to have gone over the heads of the health police. They want him to change, cut down on the fatty snacks and eat some pasta. It’s not going to go down well with the Atkins people, but they appear to be serious.

    A team of researchers from New Jersey’s Rutgers University ploughed through 63 episodes of the hit cartoon show to analyse what sort of a health message it was sending out. Failing to see the joke, they were unimpressed.

    "Fats, sweets and alcohol, particularly beer, doughnuts and salty/fatty/snacks accounted for 52 per cent of all foods eaten in this programme," their report said. "Homer was also portrayed eating food more often (he alone accounted for 21 per cent of all actions showing food being eaten) and ate greater quantities than other characters."

    The researchers appear not to have considered the possibility that viewers might associate the general unattractiveness of characters such as Barney and police chief Wiggum - Homer’s fellow beer and doughnut guzzlers - or that the most successful character is Montgomery Burns, a 104-year-old multi-millionaire who rarely drinks and would never stoop so low as to enter a fast food outlet.

    Instead, the academics, led by Professor Carol Byrd- Bredbenner, concluded that 40 per cent of the health messages in the programme - which also portrays Homers’ chain-smoking sisters-in-law as lonely spinsters with voices like sandpaper - ran counter to the best advice of the medical profession.



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    You have got to be kidding me, people actually spent time and money researching this. Ridicules
     
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    Soooo, we've given up on curing cancer and AIDS and decided to put all our efforts into this, eh?

    Anyone watch it last night? Homer tried to run and shattered both ankles after one step.:laugh:
     
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    No, I missed it :(

    If these people don't figure out that The Simpsons are fictional characters soon, they're going to lose their research funding :D
     
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    if someone actually take something in a cartoon sitcom seriously they need a shrink!
     
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    I think it would be a good premis for an episode. However, I think that's been done a few times. Seriously though, I'm pissed about the fact that I wasted my time reading that spoodge.
     
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    yeah they keep coming up with shit that takes our tax dollars up! ima start sueing bitches because of this useless shit
     
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    I'm Canadian, don't get me started on wasted tax dollars gggrrrrr.100 million allocated for "childcare". You know what my pay raise was????? 1 freeken' percent. Anyhoo, that's a good thread starter for the Canada section, but my valume dispenser is empty, so I better not:D
     
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    :laugh:
     

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