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The Spanish Consumer Organisation (OCU) issued a press release calling on the government to ban the advertising of 'unhealthy' food and beverage to children. It also asks to include strict nutritional criteria such as those developed by the World He...

On 21 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CCD), Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Public Citizen, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google, Disney’s Maker Studios and three other companie...

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...

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,...

Researcher Frans Folkvord from Radboud University calls for strong regulation of food and beverage marketing to children following several years of research into the links between food advertising and children food intake behaviour. Over one thousan...

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 “...

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has called for a watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on television before 9pm. Similar appeals were made by the Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt earlier this mo...

TV commercials for children’s packaged foods and beverages frequently target parents by using themes of nutrition, health and an active lifestyle, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The research claims “targeting...

On 7 October, the British Heart Foundation reiterated its call for a 9pm watershed ban on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising as it released the results of a new parents’ survey on food marketing to children. A poll of 1000 parents shows ...

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...

In an article published in the July edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal, Professors Boyd Swinburn and Stefanie Vandevijvere from the University of Auckland call on the government to restrict food marketing to children which is “powerful,...

A paper published in the May 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin reveals broad support among the public health community in New Zealand for restrictions on food marketing to children. This is in line with recommendations from the recently f...

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 15 April, Dr Sally Norton, founder of Vavista and leading UK weight-loss consultant, came out in support of the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) initiative to ban TV advertising of unhealthy food products before 9pm. “Reducing TV advertising...

According to news reports, Senator Richard Di Natale, on behalf of the Greens, will table an amendment to the Broadcast Services Act, aimed at banning advertising of “unhealthy” food, alcohol and gambling during children's viewing time an...

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...

Burger King has removed soft drinks from all children’s meals across the US, a move that was directly applauded by health campaigners. The default beverages in Burger King’s children’s menu will now include milk, chocolate milk, ap...

On 19 February, the WHO Regional office for Europe launched its nutrient profiling model aimed at policy-makers across the WHO Europe Region willing to regulate food advertising to children. The model determines whether a food product may or may not...

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 4 December, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and some leading health advocates asked Tootsie Roll, the American Licorice Company, Haribo of America, Perfetti Van Melle and the Topps Company to stop marketing unhealthy foods to ...

An article published on the website of the journal Appetite examines the potential role of “attentional bias” (i.e., gaze duration, number of fixations, latency of initial fixation) in the effects of advergames promoting energy–dens...

On 30 October, researchers from the Arizona State University published results of a study examining marketing targeting children on the interior and exterior of fast food restaurants and its relationship to demographics. According to the study’...

The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the country’s largest health and science meeting, began on 25 October in Vancouver. Dr. Perry Kendall British Columbia’s Provincial Health officer gave the opening speech and identified advertising of...

The CEOs of some of the world’s leading food and non-alcoholic beverage companies, including Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Nestlé, have agreed on a new policy for responsible advertising to children. The commitments, created in conjunction ...

On 3 September the Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, ASA) presented the report: "Food and beverage advertising to children: strategies of the industry", which calls for better regulation of HFSS food advertising to c...

On 5 September, the Green party of the State of Victoria announced its state election commitment to protect children from harmful advertising by phasing out gambling, alcohol and “junk food” ads in outdoor spaces, including public transpo...

In a policy paper released on 1 September, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Obesity calls on the government to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV, as well ...

On 3 September, a group of Congressional Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to strengthen its oversight of food and beverage companies and ensure that they are making progress on reducing unhealthy food marketing ...

Researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand revealed the results of a study exploring the nature and extent of food marketing in children’s magazines. The study found that popular magazines targeting minors tend to promote unheal...

IDEC, Proteste, El Poder del Consumidor, Instituto Alana and Consumers international Office for Latin America and the Caribbean have signed a letter to McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson urging him to remove Ronald McDonald from schools. The letter -...

A bill recently introduced in the Argentinian Senate seeks to heavily restrict advertising to children on TV. The text was introduced by Senator José María Roldan, a member of the opposition, and aims to amend the law 26.522 (ley de Ser...

As part of the European Commission's efforts to help reduce childhood obesity, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the first comprehensive report mapping school food policies in Europe. The report finds that voluntary or mandatory restricti...

An academic article published on 5 May in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children ate more snacks when playing a computer game promoting food products than when the game promoted toys. Furthermore, impulsive children (identified through a compu...

On 21 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) launched a new campaign calling on the UK Government to “close down loopholes that allow adverts for unhealthy food and drinks on TV before 9pm.” The campaign is backed by new research from ...

On 25 February, the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP) – the co-regulatory body in charge of writing and maintaining the UK Advertising Codes – and the advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – the self-regulatory organisation o...

On 23 January, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that Subway restaurants will team up with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to promote healthier choices to children. Subway has pledged to spend $41 million over three years to promote i...

An academic study by the University of Utah published in “Appetite” journal this month found that 92% of TV advertisements promoting unhealthy food in Honduras target children and are broadcast exclusively on cable stations. The authors ...

A new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity entitled “Fast Food Facts 2013” recognizes the efforts made by fast food restaurants since 2009 but states that children and teens remain key audiences for the advertising...

On 26 September, McDonald’s announced that it will only promote water, milk and juice as the beverages in Happy Meals on menu boards and in-store and external advertising.  Soda will still be available with the meals but parents would need...

On 17 September, in light of the ongoing sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (16-19 September), a group of European public health NGOs* released a statement backing statutory restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy&...

An academic study released on 28 August entitled "How Television Fast-Food Marketing Aimed at Children Compares with Adult Advertisements" finds that Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) do not respect their commitments to the Children’s Food a...

On 5 August, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Food Manufacturing Group (FMM MAFMAG) launched the “Responsible Advertising to Children Pledge”, as part of the long-standing commitment by the food and beverage industry to promote h...

The Federal Consumers’ Office (PROFECO) in Mexico has fined McDonald’s with over 680.000 pesos (around $55.000) for engaging in miselading advertising of the ‘Happy Meal’ regarding the amount of fruit contained in the popular ...

In an academic article published online on 12 July in the Journal Obesity Reviews, authors Dr Tim Lobstein and Sara Emami express doubts about the impact and effectiveness of industry self-regulatory advertising codes. They argue that the evidence gi...

On 2 July 2013, Mexican NGO Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, along with other civil society organisations, launched another campaign against junk food and soft drinks advertising aimed at children, entitled “Atrapa la Chatarra” (“C...

On 18 June, WHO Europe released a report entitled the “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013”, in which it urges policy-makers to tighten restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages hig...

On 5 June, WHO issued a Global nutrition policy review in which it notes that many low- and middle-income countries are neglecting overweight and obesity as major health threats, with only one third of surveyed countries regulating the marketing of f...

Capri-Sonne won a poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April which asked consumers to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising (...

A new study entitled “Relation of Obesity to Neural Activation in Response to Food Commercials” was published in the latest issue of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience in April 2013. The research analyses how advertising affects...

On 2 May 2013, the Peruvian Congress adopted a Law on the Promotion of a Healthy Diet for Children and Adolescents. The Law was adopted in second reading with 57 votes in favour, 40 against and 1 abstention. The legislation contains two key provisio...

On 3 May, Foodwatch Germany issued a factsheet entitled “The EU Pledge - a fig leaf for advertising to children in the food industry” in which it criticises the EU Pledge for allowing the continued marketing of unhealthy food and beverage...

Mexican Consumer NGO Allianza por la Salud Alimentaria, together with a group of artists, launched a new campaign on 29 April 2013 directed against advertising of unhealthy foods to children. The NGO “captured and arrested” four of t...

A poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April asks people to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising. In 2012, the NGO looked a...

On 11 April, health promotion organisation Obesity Australia launched a five-point Action Agenda for the Federal Government to immediately address the country's obesity epidemic. The Plan includes a proposal to ban television advertising of ‘fa...

On 28 March, NGO the European Heart Network (EHN) published a report entitled: "Reducing children's exposure to marketing of foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar: what would be the best nutrient profile model?”. Following an ass...

On 19 March the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected the outstanding proposal adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food (PL 1096/2...

During a press conference held on 19 March 2013, a group of NGOs in Mexico denounced the ineffectiveness of food companies’ Pledge on advertising to children. According to Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, bringing together NGOs concerned abou...

A study released on 12 March by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity recommends Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) signatories to increase the number of programmes covered by their self-regulatory pledges....

An article entitled “Restricting marketing to children: Consensus on policy interventions to address obesity” and published in the Journal of Public Health Policy recommends a national regulatory system prohibiting commercial marketing of...

On 25 February 2013, NGO Foodwatch released a study entitled “Marketing to children: irresponsible and unregulated”, which calls on the Dutch Government to ban the marketing of “unhealthy products” to children. In its report,...

The Cancer Council NSW is calling for stronger regulation in fast food marketing and menu labelling following the publication of its new report “Fast Food: Exposing the Truth”. The report reveals that in recent years, the fast food indus...

On 29 January the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected one of the two proposals adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food. The Pr...

On 14 January, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced an agreement with the Alimentum Foundation, an industry body representing 24 leading food and drink companies*, to incorporate healthy eating and lifestyle messages on TV spots as part of a nati...

On 26 December 2012 a new code of co-regulation for children’s food and beverage advertising (Codigo PAOS) has been signed by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency (AESAN), the Spa...

A study published in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that obese children are more vulnerable to food advertising. The study uses neuroimaging to study the effects of food logos on 10 healthy weight and 10 obese children, aged between 10 and 14. Chil...

Food and Water Watch, a Washington-based NGO and consumer rights group, published a report in November in which it calls for stricter regulations to food and beverage advertising to children. The report also features of the current federal regulation...

On 27 November the Spanish Health, Social Services and Equality Minister, Ana Mato, has announced a plan for a legislative package to fight against childhood obesity. The latest statistics show that more than 45% of the children aged between 6 and 9 ...

On 22 November, the Parents’ Jury, an online advocacy group, released the results of the Parents’ Jury 2012 Fame and Shame Awards for which parents nominated the best and worst examples of food advertising to children.  These awards ...

Mexican NGO Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria (Alliance for Food Safety) issued on 7 November a complaint to the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) in which it denounces the Mexican government for “violating by omission the right o...

On 31 October, the French Advertising Self-Regulatory Organisation (ARPP) released figures highlighting industry’s good compliance to the 2010 ARPP’s food recommendations which aim to improve the quality of food advertising. While the re...

A report presented on 29 October during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco by the Yale Rudd Center for food policy and obesity found broad support among parents for limiting unhealthy food marketing to...

Experts form the National Public Health Institute (INSP) and from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) stated that the Self-Regulatory Code concerning Advertising Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children (the PABI code) adopted by the ...

On 23 October, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) called for restrictions on food marketing to children and for the introduction of warning labels on certain food products, as part of a wide strategy to reduce obesity levels. In a press release, ...

In report released on 27 September by IASO (the International Association for the Study of Obesity) entitled “A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe”, author Tim Lobstein criticizes the leeway le...

On 19 September, Advertising Standards Canada (ASC), the advertising industry' self-regulating body, released the fourth annual compliance report of the Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CAI), revealing particip...

The ACT Greens have announced a $5 million plan to tackle childhood obesity ahead of next month's election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (ACT). If successful in next month’s elections for the country’s smallest...

On 11 September, the Belgian Advertisers Association (UBA) and Belgian food associations COMEOS and FEVIA officially launched the “Belgian Pledge”, an initiative whereby 33 signatories commit not to advertise products to children under 12...

Children are more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare, a study has found. Canadian researchers set out to see which meal option children aged six...

On the occasion of Argentina’s Children’s Day, the Argentinian branch of the Inter-American Heart Foundation (FIC Argentina) spoke out on the need to change children’s dietary habits. Advertising for food and beverage is said to be ...

An academic article by K. Montgomery and J. Chester entitled: “The New Threat of Digital Marketing” calls for the development of safeguards through a combination of policy and self-regulatory activities addressing concerns raised by the u...

A study recently released by the German Green Party in cooperation with the Potsdam Clinic for Children and Adolescent Medicine found that among 43 non-alcoholic products promoted across Germany using Euro 2012 images, 90% targeted children directly....

An article published in the May edition of the Public Health and Nutrition Journal entitled “Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading” recommends policy-makers to investigate the power of n...

The Yale Rudd Center annual Report entitled “Trends in Television Food Advertising to Young People: 2011 Update” released in May 2012 found a 5% decline in total food and beverage advertising seen by children in the US between 2010 and 20...

Several committees of the Peruvian Congress approved in a joint session a bill prohibiting advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” during “family protection viewing hours”. The bill will be presented to the Congress for ...

In a new report entitled “Buying Children – How the food industry tempts children into wrong eating habits, misleads parents and denies responsibility”, published on 13 March 2012, German NGO Foodwatch criticises the nutritional com...

The European Parliament (EP) recently published a draft report on “vulnerable consumers” deploring the advertising of food high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children and young people. The draft report was prepared by Spanish Socialis...

On 1 February 2012, Cancer Council of New South Wales (NSW) launched a new website called “The Fat Free TV Guide”. The website features a “Junk-o-meter” which ranks 104 popular children’ shows on Australian television ba...

A study to be published in April in the journal Appetite on “The use of negative themes in television food advertising” found that food advertisers use negative themes such as mood enhancement and food craving to capture attention and pro...

According to amendments to the 2012 spending bill adopted on 16 December in the House and on 17 December in the Senate, the US Congress will require the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on food marketed to children to conduct a cost-ben...

On 28 November, members of the “EU Pledge” published the results of their annual monitoring exercise and announced the adoption of stronger commitments regarding food and beverage advertising to children. McDonald's also publicly signed u...

European coalition of public health NGOs European Heart Network (EHN) published on 23 November a report calling for tougher regulation of the food industry to tackle Europe’s health crisis. The report, drafted by scientists and nutrition expert...

On 6 May, the Florida legislature adopted a bill which, among other things, aims to prevent cities and local counties from regulating the nutritional content and marketing of food sold in restaurants. The provision was inserted into a bill on &ldquo...




BY LAURAN NEERGAARD AND JENNIFER AGIESTA ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Everyone could use a little help keeping those New Year's resolutions to slim down. But if it means the government limiting junk food, the response is an overwhelmin...

There are plenty of commercials for healthy food, but the odds of a child viewing them are about as good as a cartoon villain defeating a superhero. More than 90 percent of food products advertised on Saturday morning television programs, for exampl...