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Diet Pepsi, the choice of Athlets

6th October 2004, lunch time | Comments (42)

A chubby little girl clutching a bottle of Diet Pepsi

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  1. Rob Mientjes:

    How ironic. But you shouldn't make jokes about this...


    Posted 11 minutes after the fact
  2. Waylman:

    Welcome to America! He he

    Unfortunately, that is all to common a sight around here.

    On a side note, I recently heard (but cannot verify) that something they put in the diet drinks is worse for you that the regular stuff. Really wouldn't surprise me.

    Posted 19 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Jon Hicks, ↓ Jonathan M. Hollin, ↓ Turnip
  3. Jon Hicks:

    Yeah, its the Aspartame. Its been linked to Osteoporosis, heart palpitations and all sorts of badness. Doesn't stop me drinking 2 litres a day though...

    Posted 26 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Waylman
    Inspired: ↓ Turnip
  4. Jonathan M. Hollin:

    What does America have to do with it? When I take a look outside, I can see this girl on every street in Britain too!

    Posted 36 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Waylman
  5. Scott:

    Hehe, at first I was like, he made a spelling error!

    Yeah, America needs to cut down on the junk, alot.

    Posted 45 minutes after the fact
  6. Dave:

    It's not just the aspartame that ruins your bones, all sodas are bad for your bones because they contain phosphorus as phosphoric acid, which throws off the calcium-phosphorus balance in your body. When there isn't enough calcium in the blood to balance the phosphorus from your soda intake, the body draws calcium from other sources, such as your bones. The excess in phosphorus also makes it harder for your body to burn its stores of fat, so although the diet soda may be low in calories and lacking in sugar, it does nothing to get rid of that gut. But not to scare you, phosphorus is also essential in building strong bones and keeping healthy, it's just prolonged overdosing of it that causes the problems, and a deficit is also bad.

    Yeah, didn't want my first post here to be a nutrition lecture, but there it is. Great site, wonderful photography, and awesome design Dunstan. Now is it me or is that girl sleeping standing-up and clutching her Diet Pepsi? Girl's got skills.

    Posted 48 minutes after the fact
  7. Pete Prodoehl:

    I pretty much gave up soda for water a few years ago. That stuff will kill ya...

    Posted 1 hour, 7 minutes after the fact
  8. Ben:

    Don't mean for my first post to be a pissy rant (hey, two in a row!) but "America needs to cut down on junk food"? Come on, now. Because, of course, the entire country, with no exceptions is fat and unhealthy...

    By the way, curious- is there any way to get the cheaper cameras to produce such crisp results? I have a lot of troubles with that, especially with lighting. I have a Gateway DC-M42 (Not necessarily cheap, but I bet it is in comparison to some others...) and my pictures don't come out nearly as nice. I'm jealous. :p

    Posted 1 hour, 23 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Joachim Guanzon
  9. Joachim Guanzon:

    How about purchasing add-on lenses.

    Posted 2 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Ben
  10. Chris Hester:

    "Daddy, he put a picture of me on the internet!" (sob)

    Posted 2 hours, 8 minutes after the fact
  11. David Barrett:

    You should read "Fat Land" by Greg Critser, really scares the crap out of you. I've stopped drinking "sodas" since reading it.

    Posted 2 hours, 37 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ David Barrett
  12. Turnip:

    It's probably not actually the drink that made her put on a few pounds... You can't see from the photo, but that drink came with a Big Mac and large fries ;)

    Posted 11 hours, 9 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Waylman, ↑ Jon Hicks
  13. Matt Wilcox:

    Brilliant! And on the contrary to comment #1, I think this kind of observation is a good thing. Burying heads in the sand won't make things better. Of course being cruel isn't good either,but you aren't being cruel.

    It's one of the things that pisses me off about 'political correctness' They (whoever they are) decide a word or phrase is insulting to some social group and substitute it with a 'better' word or phrase, then a year down the line decide that also is derogatory or bad. Why? Because it's still describing what the original words were describing. It's not usually the words that they find offensive, it's the thought of defining a social group, because if you define them then they must be Different, and that must be Bad.

    Our British papers are telling us that 'Ethnic Minority' is now politically incorrect. And even though I'm English, living in Britain, when it comes to governmental forms and I have to put down my nationality, there is no option for English. I could tick Scottish, or Welsh, or Hindi, or Pakistani... but not English. Isn't this country called 'England' for a reason? GRAH!

    *rant over*

    Posted 12 hours, 45 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Chris Hester
  14. Pascal:

    Earlier, Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners were used for fattening pigs.

    *looks at photo again*

    That was nasty... =)

    Posted 14 hours, 4 minutes after the fact
  15. Andy Budd:

    Let's face it, the US has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world (if not the highest). However the UK is fast approaching the US so we've got nothing to be smug about.

    Posted 15 hours, 31 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ David Barrett
  16. Gabriel Mihalache:

    I'm fat and I'm proud!
    I'm fat and I'm proud!
    I'm fat and I'm proud!

    Posted 15 hours, 51 minutes after the fact
  17. Tony Crockford:

    How can we do this to our children?

    When we're old, these will be the people that take care of us, assuming that they survive to maturity.

    It's not 'them' that make poisons and call it food, it's 'us' that should take responsibility, all of us that support the notion that we'll buy whatever gets the most 'market' and that addictive chemical poisons are okay to feed to our children...

    So sad for the future...

    Posted 16 hours, 19 minutes after the fact
  18. David Barrett:

    *pats trim, no-effort lack of belly*


    Seriously, read that book I mentioned. It goes into great depth about the causes of obesity.

    Interestingly, obesity seems to affect the poor and working-class to a much greater degree than the middle- and upper-class. For example, the poor can't afford to live in safe neighbourhoods, where their kids can safely play outside; or to attend expensive gyms.

    The details are even scarier.

    Off-topic: Dunstan, you're using a US dictionary for your spell-checker, aren't you?

    Posted 18 hours, 6 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ David Barrett, ↑ Andy Budd
  19. Small Paul:

    Yeah yeah yeah: let's all point and laugh at the fat kid. Watch out people: one day you might be a fat kid, too.

    Er, somehow. Through really good anti-aging creams or something. I dunno.

    Posted 18 hours, 55 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Turnip
  20. Turnip:

    Perhaps we should be pointing and laughing at her parents instead. Because it's probably more their fault than hers.

    Posted 19 hours, 56 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Small Paul
  21. Chris Hester:

    "Isn't this country called 'England' for a reason?"

    No, it's called Britain. "England" is a division of it. This link gives a clear definition:

    I thought only Americans referred to Britain as England! :-)

    Posted 23 hours, 38 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Matt Wilcox
    Inspired: ↓ David Barrett, ↓ Dunstan
  22. David Barrett:

    Then why do you have four separate football teams? Does this mean you've been cheating for years by team-spamming major competitions?

    Posted 1 day, 1 hour after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Chris Hester
  23. Dunstan:

    England _is_ a country, it's just that we're politically grouped (as that definition says) with Scotland, Ireland, and wales, into Great Britain and the UK.

    But we're still a country.

    Posted 1 day, 5 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Chris Hester
    Inspired: ↓ David Barrett, ↓ Dave
  24. Rod:

    Forget the aspartame, her parents need to sign her up for youth basketball or something. She already has a double chin for crying out loud.

    Posted 1 day, 6 hours after the fact
  25. David Barrett:

    NORTHERN Ireland. Don't tell me you guys want our country back.

    Posted 1 day, 10 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  26. Matt Wilcox:

    Hehe, as pointed out: England is a country. Britain is a group of countries. I'm English, and therefore British, but most specifically I am English, that is my nationality. I dislike how I am not offered the option to declare my Englishness when the Welsh and Scotts can declare their nationality. It is, in effect, a form of racial prejudice. Albeit most likely inflicted by some prissy Englishman who fears the term 'English' will be too politically sensitive.

    Posted 1 day, 13 hours after the fact
  27. Turnip:

    If you wanna know something that *really* gets me angry is when people call me a European... Call me British or English, but not a bloody European! (Please!)


    Posted 1 day, 20 hours after the fact
  28. Bryan:

    Matt - racial prejudice??? Might want to look that one up again.

    Yeah, the UK, England, Scotland, Great Britain relationship is a touch confusing. Us Americans think of our states collectively making up our country, and countries collectively forming a continent. And so in the true American tradition we try to shoehorn other geo-political groupings into our own terms/definitions. When it doesn't fit, we get fussy....

    You're all "Euros" to me - lol (just kidding)


    Posted 1 day, 21 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Turnip
  29. MaThIbUs:

    That chick is _hot_.

    Posted 2 days, 20 hours after the fact
  30. Turnip:

    *Turnip scowls at Bryan* ;)

    Posted 3 days, 1 hour after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Bryan
  31. Dave:

    If all the constituent parts of Great Britain are countries then how come people regularly refer to Wales as a principality?

    Posted 3 days, 3 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
    Inspired: ↓ Ben M
  32. Ben M:

    A principality is a territory ruled by a prince (or princess), hence the Prince of Wales. The territory may well be a country, the titles are not mutually exclusive.

    BTW Dunstan posting pictures of kids without their, or their parents, permission is somewhat unkind. Perhaps you did have permission I don't know but stating this would be a good idea. If that was my daughter and you'd posted a picture of her on your website without my knowledge I'd be seriously angry...

    Posted 3 days, 16 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dave
  33. Matt Wilcox:

    politics politics politics

    "Matt - racial prejudice??? Might want to look that one up again" - no need, I know what I said, and there was nothing wrong with my English. (except spelling maybe, and grammar. ;) )

    Posted 4 days, 12 hours after the fact
  34. Bryan:

    Matt - in the States the word "race" basically refers to an individuals skin color/ethnicity. Didn't see how that would be a potential form of prejudice between the Scots, Welsh, and English. But then again, I have only spent a brief time travelling through the UK and perhaps the word has a broader meaning, or in fact does apply.


    Posted 4 days, 21 hours after the fact
  35. Margaret:

    i just came back from the UK, actually, and from what I saw there is a difference between scottish people, welsh people, and english people. It may not be skin color based, and to an outsider it isn't terribly obvious, but to someone from the UK, the differences are important.

    Posted 5 days, 4 hours after the fact
  36. Connor:

    Why is Diet Pepsi, 0 calories , 0 carbs and makes people fat? And people drink too much because their much more thirster than i thought in the first place.

    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks after the fact
  37. Elaine:

    Actually, the whole "aspartame causes every known malady under the sun" debate is false... not to mention a bit tiring and unintelligent sounding. It's made up of components that are found in other foods we eat. I mean, thousands of people around the world eat and drink stuff with aspartame. If it were really the cause of such heinous problems, it would not still be in our food supply. However, doesn't take away from the fact that Diet Pepsi is not the answer for the problem that ails this girl. Yikes. Aspartame does not make people fat. Consuming too many calories does. I like the basketball idea.

    Posted 4 months, 4 weeks after the fact
  38. Sammiedee:

    That is so mean. You really shouldn't make fun of chunky people. Especially kids that can't help the way they look.

    Posted 7 months, 1 week after the fact
  39. Anon:

    My mom is a nurse practitioner and my dad is a doctor and they can't stop telling me not to drink it. It causes depression, moodswings, anxiety, panic attacks and more plus kidney and liver problems. They say if you feel cramping and some other side effects I can't remember you should stop drinkingit. I used to drink about 5 pops a day, but i experienced all those side effects and haven't drinkin since new years. It really is hurting people!!!! Stop Drinking Diet POP!!!

    Posted 1 year, 3 months after the fact
  40. Heather:

    Yes obesity is a serious problem but mocking an overweight child is definitely not the solution to the problem. Unfortunately, diet soft drinks are the beverage of choice for those of us on the opposite side of the eating disorders spectrum as well. I fail to see the irony in this photograph, only in the fact that someone who cannot even spell properly would attempt to sound so pompous and condescending at the expense of a young girl.

    Posted 1 year, 4 months after the fact
  41. Sheree:

    It's pretty harsh giving a kid pop like damb if you know it's bad for your kids why give it to them when they cry for it tell them that they can cry I don't give my nieces and nephews pop cuz I know it's bad for them I'm not a mother but I know when I do have kid's I won't be giving them pop the'll be drinking Juice and Water so people if you want a healthy life style for your kids DON'T GIVE THEM POP just say no it's bad for you AND PARENTS HAVE SUM FREAKIN' COMMON SENCE

    Posted 1 year, 5 months after the fact
  42. Russdogg:

    A federal study in the U.S. says aspartame is NOT proven to be bad for you:

    Posted 1 year, 6 months after the fact

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