Badly chosen picture with health article



I don’t care about the story, it’s the picture that basically cancels out the story for me. The story is about “experiments to increase health with young people,” which sounds fine, but the picture shows a teenager eating ontbijtkoek, which for the foreign crowd is gingerbread for breakfast. And it’s chocked full of sugar and fat. The background shows a vending machine with Balistos, a muesli (granola) based candy bar, with chocolate and tons of sugar. The captions read “Eating healthy in the cantina of the Werkplaats Kindergemeenschap.”

Did the photographer just do their job or is the author of this article stupid, unaware, fat or something else? With this kind of well-intended advice, no wonder Dutch kids are getting fatter. The road to obesity is paved with junk food.



  1. Well, it’s at least half a notch better than having breakfast at McDonalds, Burger King or KFC :P

    Comment by Eric — April 9, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  2. I agree it’s not showing an extremely healthy picture, but Ontbijtkoek is not the same as gingercake in UK; it’s much less sweet, and depending on the brand/type there is quite a bit of protein and fibre in it. Also the amount of fat and sugar differs hugely from type to type.
    I guess it’s better than chips and chocolate bars, which is probably their point.
    But of course eating some healthy ‘bruine boterhammen’ would be better ;)


    Comment by tafai — May 2, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

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