A Los Angeles parent union called out the LA Unified School District for allegedly posting a video on social media that argued junk food is not “bad” and to “eat without guilt.”
The video was created as part of a series called “Smarter in Seconds” and featured nutritionist Kera Nyemb-Diop, and activists Blair Imani and Maya Finoh.
It started with a skit from Imani discussing how someone’s food choices should not be judged based on society’s “false standard of health.”
Nutritionist Kera Nyemb-Diop stated in the video, “Diet culture, fatphobia, and systems of oppression have created false hierarchies of food, and it shows up everywhere.”
Imani provided the example of exercising to “earn” food or consuming vegetables as a “punishment” to “earn” dessert. She argued that this mindset creates “harmful thought patterns.”
Nyemb-Diop said people should “approach food with neutrality in mind” instead of focusing on “good” or “bad” choices.
In the social media video, Maya Finoh stated, “The only foods that are bad for you are foods that contain allergens, poisons, and contaminants, or foods that are spoiled or otherwise inedible.”
“We are all incorrectly taught from a young age that our size, and therefore the food we eat, are markers of our self-worth,” continued Finoh.
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The Daily Mail reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Human Relations and Diversity department allegedly posted the video on Instagram.
The district’s parent union immediately slammed the school board for posting the content and accused nutritionist Kera Nyemb-Diop of being a rep for Mondelēz International.
Mondelēz is one of the world’s largest snack companies and manufacturer of Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Cadbury, Sour Patch Kids, and several others.
“@LAUSDSup your Human Relations Diversity and Equity team needs oversight. They shared a video of a Mondelez rep, selling high fructose corn syrup to our kids. This is long overdue. This department is completely unsupervised,” wrote LA Parent Union on Twitter.
The union accused the district of trying to undermine parents and “tell our kids that we’ve lied to them.”
Since the backlash on Twitter from the parent union, the Los Angeles Unified School District allegedly removed the video from Instagram.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Daily Mail reported.
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