LA school district slammed for saying anyone who claims junk food is bad is RACIST!
The LA Parent Union claims the video makes liars out of parents who have taught their children to avoid junk food
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles unified school district received immense backlash after posting a viral video that purportedly contained advice on health. The video claims it is wrong to call junk food bad and blames the "system of oppression" for the alleged prejudice.
The Human Relations and Diversity department of the district posted the video made by nutritionist Kera Nyemb-Diop and Blair Imani, creator of the viral web series 'Smarter in Seconds,' where the nutritionist asks people to approach "food with neutrality" and "eat without guilt." The video was soon flagged by LA Parent Union, with many claiming it will do more harm than good. It was deleted from the department's Instagram page soon after.
The Instagram video starts with a woman presenting a plate of donuts to her friend. Shocked by the half-dozen donuts on the platter, the friend says the sugary food is 'bad' but the woman quickly defends the food saying "Are they moldy? Are they poisoned? Are you allergic?" She then alleges, "You're judging my food choices based on a false standard of health, again. Aren't you?"
The nutritionist cuts the video in the middle claiming "we do not need to earn food" as "diet culture, fatphobia, and systems of oppression have created false hierarchies of food and it shows up everywhere." Blair Imani then says the idea that "earning food through exercising or as dessert is a reward to eating vegetables as punishment" is a harmful thought.
Maya Finoh, a black feminist and advocate against fat shaming, pitches in saying, "We are all incorrectly taught from a young age that our size, and therefore the food we eat, are markers of our self-worth," According to her, the audience's moralizing of food can lead to a bad relationship with food. "The only foods that are bad for you are foods that contain allergens, poisons, and contaminants, or foods that are spoiled or otherwise inedible," she says.
The LA Parent Union shared multiple tweets saying the video makes liars out of parents who have taught their children to avoid junk food and seek better sources of nutrition. Social media users slammed the school in unison, arguing children's lives will be destroyed by obesity. One user pointed out that the nutritionist works for Mondelez International, one of the biggest brands that make junk food for children. Another user joked, "Can't wait to pay for these people's healthcare."
Someone noted, "High sugar content, addicting and leads to obesity. I don't need earn a donut, I eat it when I feel like it. It's still unhealthy trash." Another tweet read, "Wow, so the most healthy eating pattern is exactly what these people were going to do anyway and requires zero effort from them? How coincidental, lucky them!"
.@LASchools shared this “Food Neutrality” video on @lausdHRDE Insta. They tell our kids that we’ve lied to them & no one food is better for them than another food (oppressive food hierarchy). @lausdHRDE is actively working to undermine parents & hurt kids. @LAUSDSup do u know? pic.twitter.com/eWVy0jyP9Y— LA Parent Union ❄️😢 (@UTLAUncensored) September 12, 2022
The "nutritionist" they got for this video works for Mondelez International. They make oreos, chips ahoy, and sour patch kids. https://t.co/9GcYGMKJY4— 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 Nezzy the Milk Roach 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@PatientEyes6) September 14, 2022
High sugar content, addicting and leads to obesity. I don't need earn a donut, I eat it when I feel like it. It's still unhealthy trash.— ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ (@Hexvalues) September 14, 2022
can't wait to pay for these people's healthcare— transitory inflation mouse (soy fed) (@sleezeMaus) September 14, 2022
Wow, so the most healthy eating pattern is exactly what these people were going to do anyway and requires zero effort from them? How coincidental, lucky them!— Zander (@zanderA5dk) September 14, 2022