Recommendations for responsible food marketing to children

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has developed Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children to clearly define what constitutes advertising and marketing to children. Whereas efforts have been made to define the nutrient criteria for foods appropriate to market to … Continue reading

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Best options for reducing childhood obesity in the US

A US analysis has considered three policies recommended to reduce childhood obesity prevalence in the next twenty years. The microsimilation predicted that a sugar sweetened beverage excise tax would reduce obesity most among adolescents 13-18 years by 2.4 percentage points. … Continue reading

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Food companies on Facebook

Unhealthy food brands are using Facebook to engage with young people and share content with their social networks. Australians have enthusiastically taken to Facebook and most young teens own a mobile phone. An Australian study looked at the top twenty-seven … Continue reading

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Not just roadside, now ads will be on the road

According to the local paper, the Parramatta Advertiser, Parramatta council is about to trial advertising signs painted on the road outside the shopping centre. The proposal has divided council as the safety of signage on roads as well as the … Continue reading

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Watch what you eat

We have been told that watching television especially during dinner is not good for our waistline but a recent study looked at the content of the programs watched and found action-related content increased food intake. They found that people watching … Continue reading

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South Africa’s draft food labelling and advertising regulations

Comments have recently closed on the South African Department of Health Draft Regulations on labelling and advertising of foods (R429). The comprehensive guidelines cover food labelling as well as prohibiting the marketing of unhealthy foodstuffs to children under 18. This … Continue reading

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Brazil fighting junk food marketing based on rights

The National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents in Brazil has published a resolution stating that publicity directed towards children with the intention of convincing them to consume a product or service is abusive and therefore illegal. The … Continue reading

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Food giants fail healthiness test on foods they advertise to children

A new Cancer Council NSW study reveals a range of well-known food companies can continue to promote unhealthy products to children because their slack nutrition standards mean their sugary cereals and confectionary are considered healthier foods.
Analysis revealed that Kellogg’s Coco Pops, Arnott’s Tiny Teddies and Nestle Smarties can all be promoted to children according to the companies’ own health standards, which are set up as part of voluntary advertising codes. Continue reading

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Children’s Health or Corporate Wealth?

Food marketing influences children’s food preferences, food choices and the food they ask their parents to buy. Children’s Health or Corporate Wealth? addresses the current issues with the self-regulatory codes that the food industry uses. Continue reading

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Aussie kids sports expose kids to junk food

Over 77% of Australian children (5–14 years old) participate in organised sport. In NSW, about 75% of athletic and rugby league clubs and 42% of cricket clubs have food or drink sponsorship. Continue reading

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