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Junk food marketing to children: how it works and the price we pay

Pursuit of Public Health

I have written about the behavior shaping role of the entertainment and news media before, but of course, marketing plays a huge role too. And the behavior shaping role of marketing has been in the spotlight this past month, specifically in the context of marketing of junk food to children. Between the continual delays and watering down of what are alreadycompletely voluntary recommended nutrition standards for marketing foods to kids (composed by the Federal Trade Commission’s Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children) and the release of a study revealing that popular cereal brands “pack more sugar than snack cakes and cookies”, it seems like a good time to take a closer look at the world of fast food and junk food marketing to kids.

As the Prevention Institute points out:

*The food and beverage industry spends approximately $2 billion per year marketing to children.

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December 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thanks for the reblog! And for your work compiling articles here – I’m always looking for ways to keep up with medical/health news so glad to have found another resource here.

    Comment by pursuitofpublichealth | December 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. and I will be looking forward to your future postings!

    Comment by Janice Flahiff | December 27, 2011 | Reply

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