Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Girl Scouts Responsible For Obesity In America

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Girl Scouts are usually sugar and spice and everything nice, but one woman in New York argues that their cookie-selling fundraising methods aren’t exactly sweet.

MeMe Roth, who is president of the National Action Against Obesity, has a beef with the annual Girl Scout cookie sale, and says it is fostering the obesity epidemic in America and must be stopped.

Says Roth: “Selling cookies sends the wrong message to Girl Scouts. Cookies are too unhealthy to profit from in an era of increasing obesity.”

Instead of selling the traditional treats – which rake in $700 million a year for the organization – Roth believes the Girl Scouts should use their “entrepreneurial spirit” to raise funds by selling things like “books, flowers or fruit.”

Roth also says Girl Scout supporters should still “be nice” to the troops and continue donating money to them.

She says: “Give the girls money, but just don’t take the cookies.”

To control Girl Scout cookie selling and snacking, the NAAO is proposing a five year plan to “transition from cookies to being a healthier organization.”

Roth adds, “We want to start associating the Girl Scouts with their good civic deeds rather than their fattening cookies.”

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