[Video] Heart Attack Victim Flashbacks to a Life of Poor Dietary Choices

Strong4Life, the childhood obesity initiative of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is back with another youtube video meant to cause a commotion. In the clip, a heart attack victim in his early 30′s is wheeled into a hospital emergency room, while his life of poor food choices flashes before him. Quite moving, though not as punch-in-your-face direct as the previous clips featuring real kids talking about their weight problems.

The clip ends with a warning: 80% of obese kids end up as obese adults…

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  • Jennifer D.

    The previous clips, with allegedly “real kids talking about their weight problems” was actually staged.  The children are actors, none of whom have any health problems at all, and all of whom have stated they received money to act the part.  I repeat, none of the children involved in the Children’s Healthcare of America’s ad campaign have diabetes, hypertension, or any other disease CHOA and Strong4Life was saying they did.

    This is just another way that S4L and CHOA is trying to stigmatize and add to the misinformation and downright lies that are stated about fat people all the time.

    • Haneyse18

      Weight does not define health this is correct. The epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes is very real even if these kids are actors. The point they are making is still true and real. Its no secret that several diseases and death are prevented by healthy diet and being active. The point is to tech or kids what to eat so they can teach their kids and do fourth. Maybe then America won’t rank 40th in the world in health but number one in health. Again I repeat.weight does not define health. skinny people are unhealthy too. Weneed to start focusing on health not how we look.

      • My own beat..

        You are absolutely right Haneyse.  I think that assuming one is healthy because they are thin can be dangerous.  I know a family who eats out practically almost every single meal.  There are four children in this family.  Only one of the three children are overweight, and all the concern (from the grandparents) goes to this one boy.  

        I would bet my bottom dollar that these other three young ones are also at risk for these preventable diseases.

        Also, recently, a friend of the family just had a triple bypass surgery.  He is older (in his 50s) and thin.  NO ONE would have ever looked at him and though, “Oh no, this guy is unhealthy… he needs to change his eating habits.”  It took us by surprise.  

        Some people have faster metabolisms or (for WHATEVER reason) will not gain the weight that you would expect them too.  More likely than not, with a bad diet, they are likely to have heart attacks, gawl  blatters removed, etc… 

        What we put in our bodies matters… and what we look like on the outside are not always indicative of this.

    • Gerome

      Jennifer, is there any doubt at all that poor dietary habits and obesity are linked to disease? Any doubt??? I’m really sorry if you feel that “fat people” as you refer to the overweight and obese feel stigmatized. However, I do not believe the objective of these ads is to make anyone feel bad. I thought the real strength and message was that the mother gave him crappy food at the get-go and THAT set him up for a lifetime of poor diet. Message? Mom, Dad, start them off well. And that is a positive message that has value.

  • Anonymous

    Hemi, the backlash against Strong4Life’s recent campaigns has been overwhelming – just check out this Twitter feed https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23strong-4-life   Am I missing something here?  It seems that the nice ‘kittens & rainbows’ gentle approach (let’s all eat healthy and get more exercise!) has NOT been working for us, based on results – hence these ‘in your face’ campaigns, similar to putting scary pictures on cigarette packs. Ever since I watched an obese mother in the Minneapolis airport pouring Coke into her infant’s bottle, I seem to be leaning closer to the “We have to do SOMETHING here to get these parents’ attention!” camp.

    As a heart attack survivor myself, I applaud this campaign. 

    • EVIL food scientist

      Whole lot of “Fat Acceptance Activists” spotted in these comments.
      Sorry Lefties, the constant refrain of “everyone’s OK, just different” no stigmatization of behaviors or lifestyles or actions is coming back to bite ya in the butt.  Now that you are interested in stigmatizing or at least showing the negative consequences of some actions, you are faced with a couple generations of kids (some now adults) who were raised in consequence free land. 
      You can’t tell fatties (sorry, “gravitationally challenged, or “spherical humans”, or is it “adipose graced individual”) to stop eating and exercise and show them the consequences of bad choices!  There ARE no bad choices!  People and behaviors aren’t “bad”, they are just different!  There’s nothing wrong with you just the way you are! There are no high risk behaviors (well, except for smoking, drugs, and drinking and driving)! You can’t tell someone not to do something that may have a public health or safety problem!  You need to learn to be more TOLERANT and ACCEPTING. 
      Sorry all that stuff is backfiring now that you want to shame people or scare people into different habits.
      Oh man, is it fun to watch this train wreck unfold. 

      • My own beat..

        Hmm.. upon first blush, I agreed with you.  

        Then, I remembered hearing about obesity emerging as a public concern sometime in the 90s (granted I was only a child during this time).  I recall watching Rush Limbaugh talking about how the government was trying to help this growing epidemic of unhealthy eating by doing something (I cant recall what) to the fast food companies… or junk food companies… or whatever.

        He stood up, and proudly showed off his body, and said “its a personal choice”.   

        I think you have it backwards when it comes to this particular issue and the way the “lefties” have chosen to approach it.

        The conservatives largely take on the fat acceptance as a “lifestyle choice”, while the “lefties” have seemed to always take this as a public health crisis.

        From my understanding, it seems that the “righties” still tend to take this issue from a personal responsibility slant, while possibly recognizing a problem, but largely stating that its a personal choice.

        Where the lefties are concerned.. from my understanding.. public health seems to be something that needs action, while private affairs that generally does not effect others (although this can be debatable with some stances)— such as religion— tend to take the “politically correct” stance.

        Really….. Think about it.

  • Ken Leebow

    Living in Atlanta, I’m well-aware of the Strong4Life campaign … GA is #2 in childhood obesity (ole Miss is #1). Yep, we’re great in football and in eating crap.

    However, the imagery from this ad-campaign from Australia really hits home … http://bit.ly/A3HDe8

    • Anonymous

      Holy moly – what would the anti-Strong4Life people say about THIS Aussie ad campaign?!?!  Thanks for sharing this.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWUJZIFD6UW2EL5ULX5GBCZ6LA @++ Kath

    Oh look, more shaming fat kids, and shaming fat adults too.  Do you think if it acutally worked, there would be no fat people?  They’d all be thin if shame worked.

    Not to mention the assumption that fat people are all lazy gluttons who simply eat their way through life.  It’s disgusting.

    I foresee a future where campaigns like this one and those awful billboards will be held up as the horrible, stigmatising crimes against humanity that they are.  And CHOA will be the ridicule of the world, the prime example of bigotry.

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