Last fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper
journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school
student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question,
"Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"
Full details on how to enter are posted to our contest Web
page. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2010.
This entry is by Rebecca B.
Many teens and youth are targeted by advertisement
companies. They are after all an easy group of people to persuade
to purchase something. If a product is colorful or has an
interesting design, a child or teen is more likely to purchase the
item. Many soda marketing campaigns have taken advantage of this
fact and are targeting kids to buy their product. Soda has
absolutely no nutritional value, only adds calories and sugar to a
generation of kids struggling with obesity issues. It is very
unfair for marketers to try to convince a corrupt youth to purchase
their product that will only contribute to the growing problem of
overweight children. Soda companies should put the facts out in the
open. They should let everyone, not just kids, know what soda can
do to their teeth and body if it is consumed excessively.