Social Pressures, Identity, and Cookie Monster (Scientific American)

cookie monster float parade sesame streetChildhood obesity is a serious issue that creates a number of health complications in adulthood. So why did it spark debate when Sesame Street producers decided to have Cookie Monster promote healthy eating, switching from platefuls of crumbly pastries to moderate servings of fruits and vegetables?

Some may think this precautionary measure is unnecessary. “I watched Cookie Monster devour plates of cookies when I was growing up, and I understood that Cookie Monster was meant to eat cookies in a way that I wasn’t,” writes Scientific American author Krystal D’Costa.

More complex, though, are the factors influencing Cookie Monster’s perceived identity — and what could be seen as an identity crisis, as explained by psychology research. Read more from Scientific American.

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