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NEKEL16 Posts: 206
2/22/12 3:28 P

I found the same thing, I was getting lots of fastfood coming up on my ads until I started using the search bar on the site (to get spark points) each day. I make a point of putting in something like healthy living, or dog etc. then all my adverts are about losing weight or petcare lol. so my advice is use the bar once a day x

BJPENNY70 Posts: 4,806
2/16/12 5:45 P

The government is hollering for Americans to get healthy. They should may these companies tell people how unhealthy their junk food really is.

2/14/12 8:48 A

HI Luann,

I think that only works for some ads. If anyone can tell me how to block the huge embedded SmartOnes ads, then please share.

Edit: I've figured it out, thanks. I'd prefer not to do this as I'd like to support Spark by seeing its advertisers ... but not when it's unhealthy stuff like this.

Edited by: DHARMAPHILE at: 2/14/2012 (09:25)
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,406
2/14/12 8:40 A

All the people complaining about the ads CAN do something about them....
block them.

2/14/12 5:35 A

It's always good to get different perspectives on things like this ... from both sides. I'm glad if some people are benefitting ... but for me I'm trying not to see ads like this because it's akin to having ads for beer at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting! I've learnt a lot of tips from Spark on avoiding stuff like this (like just not walking down the biscuit aisle in the supermarket). Eating sugary junk only makes me want to eat more of it. But when I stick with unprocessed real food, then the cravings disappear. Bring on the ads for organic spinach LOL!

I've always seen Spark as a healthy place I come to strengthen my resolve when I feel myself weakening or need a boost as well as just keeping on the programme and recording my food and activity. Unfortunately I'm not strong enough to be unaffected by triggers of ads like that. I hope that day will come though.

Anyway, I've voiced my opinion and you have listened - thank you.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 12:33 P

Generally, I really dont like most ads. They are louder than programming content and basically stupid. Some are genuinely funny, but not many.

I record our favorites and skip through the ads.

I dont mind the ads on SP except for the lyrica ads which will populate itself many times over, at least on my computer. I am curious if anyone else has experienced this with the Lyrica ads.

NOREENBX Posts: 761
2/13/12 11:47 A

Considering how I ate previously, an ad for Weaight Watchers ice cream or 100 cal packs of snacks - just doesn't seem that bad. There are A LOT of ads though.

Edited by: NOREENBX at: 2/13/2012 (11:48)
DASAGIRL64 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 11:29 A

I hate all the dorito's and taco bell ad's!! emoticon

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,761
2/13/12 11:14 A

Thanks for your feedback. A lot of people wouldn't consider SmartOnes to be "junk" food, but rather an improvement over their previous eating habits or a stepping stone as they work toward cooking more healthy dishes from scratch. So that's one way to think about it :)

Coach Jen

2/13/12 8:35 A

I'm really grateful for all that Spark offers me for free. It's great and up till now I've been proud and happy to recommend it to others when they ask how I've lost weight.

But I'm concerned at how you're generating revenue. I really don't think junk food ads should have any place here. Low calorie isn't the same as healthy. Eating junk is one of the factors that caused me to gain weight. I've lost most of my weight but I have no desire to go back to eating stuff that contributes nothing to my health, and in fact harms it. But I am not very strong and seeing pictures of the junk food products (Smart Ones) is a serious temptation. I haven't found a way to avoid it and I feel the ads are in my face every time I go to log my meals.

I understand you need to pay for the site but I feel you've sold out when you advertise products that are unhealthy.

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