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Children view 45% less food-related advertising on children's TV programming than ten years ago, but most advertisements they see promote unhealthy products. These key findings come from a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity...

Children who view TV commercials for unhealthy foods and drinks that include healthy lifestyle messages rate the products as more healthy compared to commercials for similar products with a different message. New research by the Rudd Center for Food ...

The Chilean president Michelle Bachelet presented the first results following a year of application of Chile’s new law on advertising and labelling of food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS). Infractions to the ban on advertising of HFSS produc...

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has called on food manufacturers and the government to ban the use of animations and cartoon characters to promote unhealthy food products to children as new research revealed that such practices are being used to &...

An expert panel set up by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, recommends introducing a ban on advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) on childre...

The Labour party revealed that, if elected, it would propose a new strategy to tackle childhood obesity. As part of the strategy, ads of unhealthy products would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed. According to Labour, ...

The Network for Children’s Rights and the Mexican Consumer Association released a report showing that on average, in one year, children view more than 13.000 advertising for food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).  The researchers monito...

A study released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut found that 85% of parents believe that companies should reduce advertising of unhealthy food to children. Two-thirds also agree that restrictions should ...

In a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, scholars from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth found that pre-schoolers who were exposed to child-targeted fast-food commercials on TV were considerably more likely to consum...

A new study by the Cancer Council NSW found that the rate of unhealthy food and beverage advertising on TV has not dropped since 2011, suggesting minimal impact of the self-regulatory industry initiatives. The authors urge the government “to ta...

According to a study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (University of Connecticut), fast-food chains, soda-makers and snack-vendors are increasingly targeting black teens and children.  The researchers analyzed Nielsen data which...

An experiment undertaken by the Giesel School of Medicine of Dartmouth College was recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, examining the relationship between advertising and snacking among young children. A representative sample of...

The Food Foundation published the first Food Environment Policy Index (Food EPI) which identifies stricter rules for unhealthy food and drink advertising to children as the top priority action for the government. Advertising of unhealthy food and dri...

A recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that children exposed to food commercials are more likely to overeat, especially if they have a specific version of a gene linked to obesity. According to the authors, this kin...

On 26 October, BEUC, the European Consumer association, launched a new campaign called: “Food Marketing to Children: Game Over?”, which seeks to highlight the perceived inadequacies of the voluntary EU Pledge on food and beverage advertis...

In a study published this month in the journal Appetite, scholars from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth found that pre-schoolers who were exposed to high-sugar breakfast cereal (SBC) commercials ate more cereals than others. The authors rec...

Last week, the World Medical Association (WMA), an international and independent confederation of free professional medical associations, adopted a "Statement on Obesity in Children” which provides a set of recommendations to thwart the growing...

On 22 September, the Department of Health (DOH) released its Obesity Policy and Action Plan for 2016 – 2025 in which it presents a set of cross-sectoral measures to address rising levels of obesity in children and adults. Between 2016 and 2018...

On 21 September, Advertising Standards Canada (ASC), the advertising industry' self-regulating body, released its annual compliance report of the Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CAI) confirming high level of c...

A new study by the University of Granada and the University Hospital of Saint Raphael in Granada found that Spanish children are, overall, less exposed to advertising for food high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on children channels in 2013 compared t...

In a piece of research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on 9 September, academics from the University of Auckland recommend the adoption of WHO Europe’s nutrient profile model to halt the advertising of ‘unhealthy’ foods...

A new policy brief from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity shows that food advertising viewed by children decreased by 4% between 2014 and 2015, continuing a downward trend first observed from 2013 to 2014. According to the brief ...

On 27 June, the Chilean Government implemented stringent restrictions on food and beverage advertising targeting children under the age of 14, new nutrition labelling measures and a ban on the sales and advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food in ...

On 10 May, the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (“Lancet Youth”), established as a network of academics, policy makers, practitioners, and young health advocates released its report. The paper includes a review of rese...

In their response to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)’s consultation on the review of the Code on advertising to children, several health organisations have called for restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy’ food ...

On 25 April, the Board of Health of the City of Toronto voted to request the federal government to ban commercial advertising to children aged 16 and under. The vote follows recommendations from the city’s Medical Officer of Health who, in a r...

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a prominent research and advocacy group, called on the Indian government to regulate marketing to children, including ban on celebrity endorsement of unhealthy food products. Speaking at a conference org...

Last month, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a report calling on governments to “protect children by barring the advertising and sale of unhealthy food in schools and advertisements for sugar drinks in all media (in...

The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched a public consultation on the revision of its general rules on advertising to children – defined as individuals under the age of 14 - and of the specific rules on food advertisin...

A review paper of the most recent scientific literature concludes that food-related advertisements and other marketing communication tools can have an influence on children’s beliefs and behaviours and may affect their intake of food of differe...

An academic study published last week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that acute exposure to unhealthy food advertising both on TV and online significantly increases children’s food consumption. Based on those findings,...

A study recently published in the academic journal ‘Obesity Reviews’ found that exposure to food advertising significantly influences eating behaviour and weight gain in both children and adults. Based on those findings, the authors ...

According to their first compliance report since the adoption of common uniform nutrition standards, the companies members of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) have improved children’s exposure to ads for hea...

In a report released on 30 November, the eleven members of the House of Commons’ cross-party Health Select Committee urge the British government to take a series of actions against childhood obesity including through tougher controls on “...

Almost 80% of parents in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) believe that companies should stop advertising unhealthy food to children, according to findings of the Heart Foundation ACT’s LiveLighter campaign reported by the Canberra Ti...

On 15 November, the NCD Alliance (NCDA) and Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) adopted the Sharjah Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), following the Global NCD Alliance Forum, held in the United Arab Emirates on 14/15 November. Advocacy g...

According to the Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, snack food commercials make up more than 40% of all food and beverage TV ads viewed by children and teens and primarily promote candy, as well as sweet and savoury snacks. In thei...

On 19 October, New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced the launch of a comprehensive strategy to reduce childhood obesity, including a review of the advertising codes. The Childhood Obesity plan states that children’s food choic...

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver called for prime-time programmes to be subject to the same regulations as children’s channels, where adverts for food high in salt, sugar and fat (HSSF) are banned. According to the TV star “the regulat...

On 20 July, the Horizon Research released results of a poll which found that 73% of the public supports government action on restricting unhealthy food marketing to children. 12.5 % of respondents were strongly or somewhat against the idea. Accordin...

Public Health England (PHE) - part of the Department of Health – announced that restricting the marketing of high-sugar products should be one of the measures designed to meet new targets on daily sugar consumption. PHE is currently completing ...

In a report published today, the British Medical Association urges the government to introduce binding restrictions on the promotion of ‘unhealthy’ food and beverage products – defined as any food or drink items classified as &lsquo...

On 3 June, the Irish Heart Foundation and Social Justice Ireland called on the government to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and to regulate other media channels such as the internet,...

A study from Dartmouth College in the state of New Hampshire found that TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of teenagers with higher proportions of body fat - including the regions that control pleasure and taste - suggesting ...

53% of teenagers admitted trying a new product after seeing an advert in the last month, according to new research released by the Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The survey also reveals that teenage boys (54%...

On 23 April, researchers from the University of Illinois published a study entitled: “Nutrition Recommendations and the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative’s 2014. Approved Food and Beverage Product List&rd...

In a study entitled “The effects of TV unhealthy food brand placement on children. Its separate and joint effect with advertising”, researchers from the University of Chile claim that advertising and placement used separately increased ch...

On 26 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) released the results of a poll of 2000 parents in the UK which found that 69% feel the government should introduce stricter regulations to better control how “junk food” is advertised to chi...

In a report on the “Impact of physical activity and diet on health” released today, the eleven Members of Parliament of the Health Committee call on the next Government to take steps to stop the marketing of unhealthy food and sugary drin...

In a new report entitled: “A Recipe for Inequality”, British left-wing think-tank ‘The Fabian Society’ highlights that “unhealthy” food advertising affects the incidence rate of obesity among children in low-income...

On 11 March, the Hearth Foundation released a report which reveals that almost 80% of food and beverage commercial communications targeted at children under the age of 14 in Canberra feature unhealthy products. For this report, entitled &ldquo...

Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt and the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland have called for a watershed ban on “junk” food and alcohol advertising before 9pm. Mrs Watt wrote to UK government ministers arguing that ...

Fast food commercials aimed at children are in breach of industry self-regulatory standards through their emphasis on toy premiums instead of healthy food choices, researchers from New Hampshire claim in an article published in the March edition of t...

On 19 February, the Lancet journal published a series of six papers on the topic of obesity. In an academic study entitled: “Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture”, researchers including Tim Lobstein from the World Obesit...

Campaigners including the Children's Food Campaign (CFC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have criticised the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP)’s literature review on digital food marketing to children which concludes that current ...

On 5 February, the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP), the co-regulatory body in charge of writing and maintaining the UK Advertising Codes, released a literature review on food marketing to children online as well as its response to the findin...

The  Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) has released a Study  on the costs of obesity for Mexico where it concludes that obesity generates high economic losses and reduces the country's competitiveness. This is due to the fact tha...

On 20 January, a panel of experts convened by “Healthy Eating Research” - a programme of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, published a series of recommendations to improve industry voluntary standards for food and beverage advertising t...

On 1 January, a new advertising code restricting food and beverage advertising to children under the age of 13 entered into force. The code, adopted by the Dutch Federation of the Food and Groceries Industries (FNLI), applies to the entire industry....

On 3 December, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) released its 2013 annual report on Compliance and Progress. The 18 companies that participate in the advertising self-regulatory programme are “virtu...

Canada’s main opposition party NPD (New Democratic Party) has committed to introducing a national ban on food and beverage advertising aimed at children under 13 - similar to that in Québec – if it wins the next general elections i...