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Michelangelo’s ‘David’ Shocker

Written by PETA | August 20, 2008

After a two-year stint of showing off his finely chiseled physique in America, David—as in Michelangelo’s “David”—is returning home to Italy. Only, he’s leaving a new man—or should we say, a new sculpture?

 

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Yes, Michelangelo’s most famous sculpture has taken a little bit of the U.S. with him, in the form of 50-plus pounds of extra fat. Looks like David consumed the standard American diet of hamburgers, chicken wings, glasses of milk, and cheese on everything!

The image was actually created by advertising agency Scholz & Friends, which is based in Germany, for an ad campaign they’re running to get people up off their rumps and active with healthy doses of daily exercise.

Coincidently, the fat “David” image has surfaced right on the heels of our request to put up ads along the U.S.-Mexican border to warn crossing immigrants about the United States’ severely unhealthy meat- and dairy-centered diet.

Obesity is one of the leading health problems in this country for people of all ages—and it’s really not shocking, given the poor eating habits and exercise regimens of most Americans.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a part of America’s expanding-waistline problem. Adults who follow a vegan diet on average weigh 10 to 20 lbs. less than their meat-eating and dairy-guzzling counterparts. Plus, meat, dairy, and egg consumption is linked to asthma and increases a person’s chances of getting certain cancers by 40 percent! If you’re looking to build the healthy, well-defined body that “David” is best known for, we recommend laying off the animal products. Your looks and health will thank you.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Alli says:

    Quite a glorious controversial ad if I dare say. But unfortunately I was unable to find the original document by the company posted even after following the link. If possible could someone email me the year link to where it was found etc? Thank you.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Shari You are absolutely right about diet. So many people discount the significance of what they eat but it has a huge impact on how they look. I worked with a personal trainer and I’m vegan so I know this to be fact. If you want to look good you really do need both the proper diet and adequate exercise. Most people are too lazy to do either let alone both!

  • SHARI PEARSON says:

    SORRY KAREN BUT EATING RIGHT IS WHAT WORKS. GOING TO THE GYM WILL NOT MAKE SOMEONE LOSS WEIGHT IF THEY GO BACK HOME AND EAT A GALLON OF ICE CREAM AND CANDY BARS.AND DRINK THE SODA’S. GOING VEGGIE WORKED FOR ME. PLUS I LOVE ANIMALS AND IT HELPED SAVE SOME OF THERE LIVES. IT’S A WIN WIN SITUATION.LIKE I SAID …IT IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME AND ALOT OF MY FRIENDS WHO DECIDED TO START WALKING AND EATING VEGGIE AND STARTED SKIPPING THE FASTFOODS AND JUNK FOOD. IT’S A GEAT BALANCE AND IT’S HEALTHY ! I FEEL LIKE DOING BOTH IS WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME.

  • Karen says:

    SHARI PEARSON You most likely lost 40 pounds because of going to the gym not because of going veggie. Of course being a vegetarian probably helped.

  • lynda downie says:

    Holy cow David’s peepee was teeny before but with all that fat I can hardly see it. Shame really!

  • SHARI PEARSON says:

    SORRY IF I GOT SHARON R. UPSET. THERE WAS NOTHING PERSONAL ABOUT MY COMMENT. JUST A GENRAL STATEMENT THAT WAS MADE BASED ON THE MEDICAL INFORMATION THAT HEALTH CARE DOCTORS ARE LETTING ALL OF US KNOW. JUST A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF US TO EAT RIGHT AND TAKE CARE OF OURSELF. WHAT EVER THAT MEANS TO THE PERSON.I FEEL THAT EATING VEGGIE IS RIGHT FOR ME. AND YES I TOOK CARE OF MYSELF BEFORE BUT.. LEARNED TO TAKE EVEN BETTER CARE OF MYSELF NOW. BUT WHAT IS SAD IS VERY YOUNG KIDS HAVING A WEIGHT PROBLEM. THIS IS AGAIN BASED ON DOCTORS REPORTS ON THE GROWING OBESITY PROBLEM NOT THAT I AN PICKING ON PEOPLE.JUST STATING THE FACTS. AND I HOPE PETA WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE GOING VEGGIE AND HOW HEALTHY IT IS FOR EVERYONE. AND I FEEL THAT PETA MEANT NOTHING WRONG WITH SHOWING THE “FAT SCULTURE” PICTURE EITHER. SO PLEASE CHILL OUT. THIS IS A LOVING WEBSITE AND I BELIEVE WE ALL CARE ABOUT THE SAME ISSUES.

  • Elaine Vigneault says:

    Obesity isn’t actually a health problem. It’s a symptom of health problems. Obesity in and of its self causes very few issues and in some circumstances is actually beneficial. However there is a world of difference between fat created and sustained by a processed foods meat and dairy centric diet and fat created and sustained by a whole foods vegan diet. strongThe vegan regardless of BMI will generally live longer and have fewer health problems.strong Furthermore an active person regardless of size is much more healthy than an inactive person no matter how skinny they are. Health is related much more to actual diet and exercise than to body size shape weight or BMI. Please don’t conflate poor diet with obesity. Plenty of obese people eat a healthy diet. Many don’t too. Please don’t fat shame. Promote fat and body acceptance. Please don’t underestimate the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle for all sizes of people. Don’t assume skinny people are healthy. Please don’t promote veganism as a panacea for all the ails Americans. Americans have more health issues than only our diets though a healthy diet goes a long way. “Adults who follow a vegan diet on average weigh 10 to 20 lbs. less than their meateating and dairyguzzling counterparts.” Yes but the definition of obese is a BMI of above 30 which is much more than a 1020 pound difference for most people. If someone is obese chances are there are other factors than merely diet. Granted strongvegans tend to be healthier than their nonvegan counterparts.strong That’s absolutely true. But if you only measure it by obesity you’re not giving the full story. You’re misleading people into believing that going vegan will make them skinny and you’re promoting the idea that skinnyhealthy which isn’t necessarily true. For example a meateating couch potato who has a “healthy” BMI is likely less healthy than an active vegan who has an “obese” BMI. The David statue gave me a giggle but I’m worried about the long term implications of all this fatshaming.

  • Sharon R says:

    Shari Pearson just because you didn’t take care of yourself doesn’t mean that all of America is neglecting their personal health.

  • sarah says:

    lmao i laughed when i saw this. Great message. the majority of the USA is obese and this would defiantly strike a few controversies along the way.

  • SHARI PEARSON says:

    THIS IS SO TRUE ABOUT PEOPLE NOT CARING TO TAKE CARE ABOUT THEMSELF. I LOSSED 40 POUNDS WHEN I WENT VEGGIE AND STARTED GOING TO THE GYM.EVERYONE ELSE GOES TO THE DOCTOR TO GET THE “LAPBAND” AND SAY THEY HAVE A DISEASE CALLED”OBESITY”. IF THERE DOCTORS COULD ONLY SEE WHAT THEY ARE STUFFING INTO THERE MOUTHS.IT’S TIME FOR AMERICA TO START ABUSING THEMSELFS AND START GOING VEGGIE.

  • vegancoin says:

    Yes the other dark side of the american dream is the standard american diet SAD for short. All those empty calorie junkfoods and sugary snacks have no nutritional value and quickly add up to a very tough uphill battle with obesity leading to lifelong health problems with malnourishment being part of the bargain. Food for thought. That ad takes the cake PETA. Keep up the good work.

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