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Junk Food Marketing

Four Ways Other Countries Are Successfully Tackling Obesity. Take Note, America

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Mark Hyman, MD

In 2000, Australia implemented a 10 percent tax on soda, candy and white flour bakery products.

Are Your Childhood Desires Making You Sick and Fat?

Mark and Debbie Abbott | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark and Debbie Abbott

Your long-term childhood exposure to these campaigns encouraged and capitalized on your appetite for immediate gratification at the expense of your long-term health. Now, as an adult, you're likely hooked and addicted to lifestyle choices of unhealthy food, alcohol, and late night sleep deprivation.

Who Has Time for That?

Christina Pirello | Posted 06.11.2014 | Taste
Christina Pirello

It's not Marie Callender who will nourish your family to strength and wellness; it's you.

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Convenience Stores: C Is for Conundrum

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Is it possible to save our teens from the adverse health impacts of sugary drink consumption without destroying the livelihood of the C-store shopkeeper? What kind of transformation of the C-store would be needed for this to happen?

Holding Big Food Accountable for False Claims of Responsible Marketing to Children

Michele Simon | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

All we seem to hear from the major food corporations about marketing to children are self-serving promises and announcements of future changes. As public health lawyers, that got us wondering, who's making sure even these minimal commitments are being kept?

LOOK: Children And Fast Food Explained In Two Graphs

Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Over the past few years, fast food chains have touted the benefits of their healthier options, especially for children. But are all those McDonald's A...

7 Shocking Facts About Food Industry Marketing You Should Know

BuiltLean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

These companies are not trying to make you healthy -- they are trying to sell you a product. With that in mind, let's take a look at a few ways these manufacturers can lure you into thinking their prepackaged, processed foods are better for you than they really are.

The Wrong Obama Gives Tough Talk on Junk Food Marketing to Kids

Michele Simon | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Michele Simon

The first lady joked that some industry members may be waiting things out, figuring that "in a few years, this lady will be gone and this whole Let's Move thing will finally be over, so we can go back to business as usual." That's exactly what they are thinking.

The Daily Szep -- Junk Food

Paul Szep | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy
Paul Szep


Dad's Not Lovin' It Either

Josh Golin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Josh Golin

Systemic change will not happen until we address the vast sums of money and resources corporations like McDonald's spend each year to undermine parents' efforts to instill healthy eating habits in their children.

Not Lovin' It: Moms and McDonalds Don't Mix

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Anna Lappé

The ways the food industry now targets kids are so pervasive and the tactics so deceitful that even the most diligent parent cannot prevent their kids from being inundated at the most impressionable stages in their development.

Reduce, Reuse, Rebrand? Coca-Cola and Chicago Team Up to Greenwash

Anna Lappé | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

What if you woke up one morning to learn that your community had become enlisted to advertise for Coca-Cola? You didn't have a choice. People in neighborhoods across your city were told the same thing. That's basically what happened in the city of Chicago.

Profit in Exchange for Children's Health

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Children's health and well-being are essential to the future vitality and security of this country, and parents care deeply about their children's health. But, parents also know they are up against powerful commercial interests, and they are starting to get angry.

The Science Behind Junk Food Marketing (VIDEO)

Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living

Everyone has a go-to snack food. Potato chips, cookies, crackers, candy bars ... drooling yet? However, some recent revelations about the industry tha...

The Real Battlefront for Child Obesity

Carolyn Bronstein | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Carolyn Bronstein

Parents must understand the psychology behind food-related advertising to children, get wise to current formats, and initiate consumer action. Turns out, a generation of kids has been taught that food is fun, rather than fuel.

Let's Put Our Plates Together: A Letter to the Food Industry

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

As part of the food community, we have a responsibility to do our part and play a role in combating childhood obesity. The answer is prevention, and promoting the importance of family dinners is a terrific place for our community to lead the war against obesity-related disease.

Time to Stop Marketing Food to Kids

Michele Simon | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home
Michele Simon

It's time we stopped fretting over nutrition standards for marketing to kids and start working on a new strategy to eliminate all food marketing to young children, period.

TV and the Power of Suggestion

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

The power of suggestion is indeed powerful. And, in my opinion, it's rarely to our benefit. Think about it -- when you have a craving, is it for something healthy like apples or spinach, chicken or salmon? Not for me.

Junk In A Box: 4 Popular Foods Marketed As Healthy

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. | Posted 09.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

What's the truth about foods in a box or other container and how can you, as a consumer, decipher the truth and eat healthfully? Let's look at four popular items that are marketed as healthy, but have limited nutritional value.

Manufacturers Continue to Target Children With Sugary Cereal Ads

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.25.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

There's clearly a market of parents out there looking for companies to support them in their efforts to feed their children well -- and a growing resentment among these consumers toward companies that prey on their children with aggressive junk food marketing.

Can Parents Trust Cereal Companies? Not So Much

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

If cereal companies want parents to trust them, they need to do more to earn that trust.

Congressional Letter-Writing Campaign Helps Torpedo Voluntary Food Marketing Guidelines for Kids

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While the proposed voluntary principles set for food marketers are ambitious and would take time to put into place, the public health stakes could not be higher.

2012: The Year to Stop Playing Nice

Michele Simon | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

Given all the defeats and set-backs this year due to powerful food industry lobbying, the good food movement should by now be collectively shouting: I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

Fighting to Sell Junk Food to Kids: Really, Grocery Manufacturers? That's Your Highest Priority?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The food industry's single biggest priority is preserving its ability to market junk food to young kids. If you don't believe me, ask the Grocery Manufacturers Association.