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Marketing to Children

Marketing Masquerading as Science

Andy Bellatti | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The real danger here is that the food industry knows exactly how to sweet-talk health professionals -- and their respective organizations -- into joining their ranks in order to be "part of the solution."

The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates the Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children

Michele Simon | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.

Box Tops Help Big Food's Bottom Line

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The educational environment should not serve as a blank canvas for food industry advertisers. While Box Tops for Education may appear to be a philanthropic effort, it is yet another example of industry's incessant and predatory -- and worse, school-sanctioned -- marketing to children.

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...

Is McDonald's Kid-Themed Business Model Obsolete?

Michele Simon | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Restaurant executives have heard the message loud and clear: Marketing junk food to children is a scourge on their industry and any move that distances your company from such negative PR is a good thing

Is a Nutritionism Approach to Marketing to Children the Best We Can Do?

Michele Simon | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Some argue that as long as we are up against such powerful forces, why not use cartoon characters to get kids to eat their veggies? But let's not confuse well-meaning adults trying to get kids to eat right with multi-national corporations targeting children to hook them on a lifetime of consumerism.

Why Parents Should Always Say 'Never' to Justin Bieber Bedding

Christina Pesoli | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

Here are five reasons why it's creepy to buy a young girl bedding featuring the likeness of the heartthrob du jour.

A Locker Chandelier?

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Thanks to some exceptional pre-tween marketing, Katie now views the locker as an "extension of her style." She's 7.

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The wellbeing of children is everybody's business, and everybody should mind that children are staring down the barrel of a glow-in-the-dark cheese doodle or sugar-laden cereal loop at foreshadowed health and foreshortened lives.

This Week's Stupid Gendered Kids' Clothes Contest Winner Is...

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

The winner of this week's stupid gendered kids clothes contest is... Gymboree's baby onesies that read: Smart Like Daddy. Pretty Like Mommy.

Feds Ask Companies To Limit Food Marketing To Kids

Slashfood | Posted 06.29.2011 | Food

Is the federal government about to put Tony the Tiger out of a job? In the face of a national epidemic of childhood obesity, a collection of federa...

Down on the Clown

Raj Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raj Patel

Ronald McDonald isn't just a clown. He's not just a pioneer in the marketing of food to children: he's also an architect. Without him, the food system we have today would look very different.