Will Homer Simpson soon be munching carrots instead of choking on his beloved doughnuts? Totally unresponsive to the satirical undertone of the hit cartoon show, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, professor of nutrition at New Jersey's Rutgers University, recently led a (serious) study on the dietary intake of Homer, Barney, and police chief Wiggum, analysing 63 episodes of The Simpsons for health related messages. In a report published in the Health Education Journal, the researchers concluded that fats, sweets, and alcohol account for 52% of all foods devoured in the programme. Overall, they claim that 40% of the health messages oppose those promoted by health professionals. Byrd-Bredbenner is genuinely worried and pleads, “More pasta and less doughnuts for The Simpsons.” Eyespy wonders if the word humour has been taken out of the prof's dictionary and is watching out for Homer's revenge in one of the upcoming episodes (www.independent.co.uk).
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