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In its latest report, the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia found a decrease of 1.3% in the number of toy adverts aired over Christmas on Catalonian TV using gender stereotypes. This represents a total of 32.7% of toy advertising using gender stereoty...

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...

New research published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found that 65% of food products advertised on Nickleodeon were candy, sugary breakfast cereals and other foods of ‘poor nutritional quality’, compared to 88% i...

A new academic study to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that food advertising may increase the way children value taste over health benefits when choosing food. The research also suggests that commercials could lead to more impul...

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 ...

A new study from Cancer Research UK finds that TV adverts for sweets, crisps and fast food have a real influence on children’s perceptions, eating habits and food choices. The study concludes that exposure to such adverts must be addressed in o...

The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 30 leading health charities, campaign groups and Royal Medical Colleges, has urged the government to introduce mandatory reformulation targets and a watershed ban on food marketing to children in its c...

According to a YouGov poll published today by Cancer Research UK, 74% of adults support a ban on ‘junk food’ advertising before 9pm, compared to 55% backing a tax on drinks with added sugar. The poll carried out online on 25 an...

Last week, researchers from the NGO “Food Foundation” released a first report in which they call for a watershed ban on TV advertising for food high in fat, sugar and salt (‘HFSS’) before 9pm, as well as restrictions on n...

According to a report entitled The TV Water Shortage, 64% of beverages shown in popular UK children’s TV programmes are soft drinks, juices and squash while plain water hardly ever appears in those programmes. The study commissioned by the Nat...

Thanks to the determination of leaders of the Green Group, a Bill tabled by the Greens in the French Senate aiming at restricting advertising in children’s programmes will be examined earlier than anticipated. The proposal, which was not sched...

On 22 October, Public Health England (PHE), an autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health, released a series of recommendations to cut sugar consumption among the population. One of the most efficient measures identified by PHE is to red...

On 21 October, the French Senate voted in favour of a legislative proposal put forward by the Green party to ban commercial advertising fifteen minutes before and after children’s TV programmes on public broadcasting. The bill was firmly oppos...

A legislative proposal put forward in July 2015 by the French Senator Andre Gattolin (EELV) and the Greens was adopted by the Senate’s Culture Committee on 14 October. The bill proposes to prohibit advertising on national public service channe...

Appearing at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on 4 October, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Government could be "a little bit more draconian" when dealing with childhood obesity. Mr Hunt was asked how the Gover...

A recent academic study published online in the journal Appetite reveals that children see more advertisements for confectionery products today than prior to the launch of the industry’s pledge to restrict food marketing to children under the a...

Nickelodeon’s new research study entitled: “My Media, My Ads”, sheds new light on children age 6 to 13’s media usage and how they perceive advertising. Interestingly, the study finds that 8 in 10 parents say they do not mind a...

A study released on 11 August by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity reveals that food companies disproportionately target their TV advertising for fast food, candy, sugary drink and snack brands to black and Hispanic children and teens. For...

A new report by auditing firm PwC found that while most 8-to-18 year olds say streaming TV shows are their favourite type of programming, they are on average spending more time watching network TV (7.8 hours a week) and cable TV (6.2 hours) than stre...

In an academic study to be published in the next issue of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, researchers from the University of Wollongong (New South Wales) claim that television advertising, not viewing, is associated with negative diet...

According to a new survey from Miner & Co. Studio, 57% of children aged 2 to 12 years old now prefer to watch video on a handheld device rather than on TV. Mobile devices are so popular with kids that nearly half of the 800 parents living i...

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 ...

On 21 April, centrist party Fianna Fáil launched its health policy manifesto ahead of the next general elections, in which it commits to banning the advertising of ‘HFSS’ food and beverage products before 9pm on TV. &ldq...

An investigation by The Independent has revealed that adverts played before online videos uploaded by certain “vloggers” (video bloggers) popular among children and young adolescents breach advertising codes. General advertisi...

A new survey commissioned by broadcast funding agency NZ On Air and the Broadcasting Standards Authority found that YouTube is the most popular platform for 35% of the children surveyed compared with the most popular television channel TV 2 at 32%. ...

On 3 March, a distributor of digital content DEFY Media published its annual ACUMEN Report: Constant Content. The report, conducted in partnership with Hunter Qualitative and KnoWhy Research, aimed to uncover factors influencing Millennials&rsqu...

On 19 February, the 21 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative released their 2014 monitoring report which reveals that compared with 2005, children are exposed to 52% less advertising for products not meeting specific nutrition criteria across all T...

According to a new survey of 2,188 UK parents of children aged 4 to 16 commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), 70% of parents have been pestered by their children to buy “junk food” they have seen advertised on TV. 43% also sa...

According to trade press reports, the Labour party is planning to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt if it wins the general election on 7 May 2015. The restrictions are expected to be one of the main pl...

The Uruguayan Senate approved on Tuesday afternoon a controversial law that regulates the operation of radio and television and sets rules that limit concentration of the media and favors the production of national programs. Although the text of the...

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...

An academic study published earlier this fall in the International Journal of Advertising found that South Korean children who watch television shows with action or violence are more susceptible to messages in the advertisements shown durin...

In its annual report released on 9 October entitled: “Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report”, OFCOM examined children’s use of different media and communications, and the role parents play in overseeing them. Interes...

A NSW Cancer Council study published in the Journal “Nutrition and Dietetics” found that over 60% of food adverts targeted to children broadcast on Australian television were considered "unhealthy" according to government-endors...

Food and beverage advertising is restricted in the UK for children under 16, but a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that the content of TV programming prominently feature representations of “unhealthy” food. T...

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has released a new brief updating its annual report on trends in TV food advertising to young people (“Trends in Television Food Advertising to Young People”). Documenting changes “i...

In a new report, Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) urges the Government to introduce tougher regulations on food marketing to children, following the results of a survey which found that almost three quarters of parents support a ban on “jun...

In a new report entitled: “Advergames: it’s not child play”, academics from the University of Bath are calling for tighter rules on online food marketing to children and a labelling system for advergames, following an investigation ...

An academic article published in the journal Appetite calls for restrictions on unhealthy food marketing to children across all media, following findings that preschool children recognise twice as many widely advertised unhealthy product as widely ad...

A survey by Dr Emma Boyland of Liverpool University found that television adverts for McDonald's healthier Happy Meal deals fail to encourage children to choose food that is better for them and instead promote a general preference for fast food. Hal...

An academic study from the University of Gothenburg revealed the link between children’s TV screen time and increased consumption of sweetened beverages and 'junk foods' due to the appearance of “unhealthy” food and beverage product...

On 4 April a controversial resolution adopted by the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CONANDA) - an official body composed of members of the federal government and civil society organisations – was published in the O...

In an academic article released online on 31 March by the Journal “JAMA Pediatrics”, academics from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) found that a large majority of children did not identify milk featuring in McDonald's and Burger King ch...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) published its 2013 compliance monitoring report, revealing a 96.9% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. Since 2009...

An Otago University (Dunedin) survey of 506 parents found preschoolers' peak TV viewing times fall outside of "preschool viewing" - a timeslot in which channels agree not to run advertising under the self-regulating broadcasting system – and th...

The United Kingdom Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) announced this week that insufficient action is being taken to prevent or treat obesity, and that current regulations fail to protect children from being exposed to the marketing of foods ...

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 28 October, Common Sense Media released "Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013," the second edition of a national survey of children's media use in the United States. Most notable among the findings is the dramatic increase in childr...

In a policy statement released on 28 October in the Journal ‘Pediatrics’, the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) urge pediatricians to encourage the federal government to issue strong regulations to restrict “junk food” and ...

Ofcom annual survey on media attitudes found that the number of children who own a smartphone has remained stable (18% of 8-11s and 62% of 12-15s), while tablet ownership has grown four-fold among 8-11s (from 4%) and has tripled among 5-15s (42%...

The Brazilian Association of Advertisers (ABA) and CONAR (the body in charge of implementing the advertising self-regulatory code) have presented on 20 September two studies on advertising to children which seek to demonstrate that calls for a total ...

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...

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by the Yale Rudd Center crticises the food and beverage industry for spending 'the bulk of its money' to promote ‘unhealthy’ products to children and teens, and calls on...

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...

Children who spend more time watching television are at higher risk of obesity and high blood pressure. This is the conclusion of a study coordinated by Cristina Padez (University of Coimbra) released on Monday 8 July as reported by online news websi...

Research currently being carried out by Dr Leah Watkins from Otago University found that, despite industry guidelines restricting advertising of 'less healthy food' during children’s programming times, 60% of parents are worried about the ...

A group of French Senators members of the Green party “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) has put forward a proposal to protect children and teens – defined as minors under 12 – from the effects of TV advertising. They claim th...

On 10 June, US Democrats Senators Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Dick Durbin (Illinois) sent a letter to Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom requesting that the children’s entertai...

On 4 June, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) issued revised versions of its General and Children’s Commercial Communications Codes which now include rules on the promotion of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food to children (see AEf A...

The National Strategy concerning Children and Adolescent for 2013-2016 plans to “reinforce control mechanisms and sanctions for TV programs during time segments targeting children”. The plan has already been approved by the Council of Min...

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...

A letter signed by over 50 childcare experts (academics, authors, MPs and charity leaders) and published in the Daily Telegraph on 11 April calls for an outright ban on advertising aimed at children under 11 years old on TV, magazines and websites or...

On 13 March, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other consumer groups launched a campaign urging Nickelodeon to stop licensing characters such as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer to “unhealthy products”. Th...

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....

At the end of December 2012, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released “A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents” revealing that food and beverage companies spent less on marketing targeted to children and teenagers age...

“Advergames: It's No Child's Play”, a review of research released on 10 December by the Family and Parenting Institute, a British charity organisation, slams advertisers for using legal loopholes to target under 16s. It calls on the gover...

A report released by British consumer campaigning charity Which? in December 2012 calls on the Government to develop restrictions to address current gaps in policies for food marketing to children up to 16 and to ensure all companies commit to them. ...

On 27 November, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) jointly launched a public consultation to strengthen standards for the advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children, as ...

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...

A report by British Broadcasting Authority Ofcom released on 23 October entitled “Children and Parents, Media Use and Attitudes Report” reveals the increasing role of the internet in children’s lives. For the first time, 12-15 year...

A study published in the September edition of the Journal “Society and Business Review” found that mothers of Indian children mediate the television adverts seen by their children in general and food adverts in particular. Also, unsurpris...

A study published online in the Journal « Pediatrics » found that children who claimed they were “satisfied” with their lives did not appear to be sensitive to materialism, despite being frequently exposed to TV adve...

Published this week in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, the study is believed to be the first to document the relationship between how much TV screen time a child logs and later waist size. Authors also found ...

On 22 June, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University issued the second edition of “Cereal FACTS”, a report that looks at marketing practices of breakfast cereal manufacturers. Three years after its first edition, ...

On 9 June, the Norwegian Ministry of Health published a consultation on a draft regulation to ban the marketing of “unhealthy” food and beverages to children under 18 with immediate effect. Energy-dense food and beverages are defined as:...

According to a poll released in June 2012 by the Australian National University on attitudes to food security, 77% of Australians support a ban on “junk” food advertising in children’s television and 18% are in favour of a total ban...

On 7 June, Green Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale applauded Disney’s move to ban “junk food” advertising on its TV network and urged the Australian government to follow the same path: “If Mickey can do it, the Australian...

On 6 June, Quebec-based organisation “Weight Coalition” (“Coalition Poids”) issued a report urging the federal and provincial governments to introduce regulation against the “invasive” marketing of sugary drinks to...

On 6 June, The Council of Better Business Bureau (BBB) published Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI)’s “2012 Snapshot” showing that food and beverage advertising accounted for less than a quarter of the...

Walt Disney Co. announced in a press release on 5 May that it will become the first major media company to restrict advertising of certain food and beverages on the company’s child-focused TV channels (Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior),...

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 ...

The first results of a multi-country research project called “ToyBox” released on 6 April call for a new approach to prevent obesity which is hitting record levels among European pre-schoolers, with more than one in four children overweig...

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 International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)’s 2011 compliance monitoring report reveals a 97.6% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. For this third ann...

On 5 March, Labour Shadow Minister for public health Diane Abbott called for a “junk food” advertising ban on television, internet, on mobile phones, packaging and in‐store. During a speech she gave at the British Institute for Public ...

A report released on 6 March by Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, recommends a ban on foods high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, sodium and sugar (HFSS foods) since self-regulatory initiatives do not effectively p...

A study released on 15 February in the online Journal PLoS ONE entitled: “Effect of Restrictions on Television Food Advertising to Children on Exposure to Advertisements for ‘Less Healthy’ Foods: Repeat Cross-Sectional Study”,...

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...

On 12 January, José Luis Colás, the President of the Spanish Association of Viewers and radio Listeners (ATR - Agrupación de Telespectadores y Radioyentes), called on the newly elected government to ensure full enforcement o...

On 13 December, a study published online by the International Journal of Obesity entitled: “Association between TV viewing, computer use and overweight, determinants and competing activities of screen time in 4- to 13-year-old children” l...

A monitoring report released on 30 November found that children under 12 were the main target of most TV advertising in Brazil during the 15-day period preceding children’s day, celebrated in that country on 12 October 2011. The study was carr...

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...

Six months before the national election, French consumer association “UFC Que Choisir” addressed all presidential candidates a “Consumer Pact” highlighting its priorities for consumer policy. The “Pact” contains 1...

“Unhealthy” food and beverage marketing aimed at children would be banned from the internet, email and SMS, under a proposal tabled by the Australia’s Green party. It would also be illegal to show junk food advertisements on commerc...

A proposal to allow advertising in public service educational channels has been introduced in the Brazilian congress by MP Rogério Mendonça (PMDB-SC, social-democrat party). Brazil has several public channels with educational purposes (...

On 15 November, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a non-binding resolution on “A new strategy for Consumer Policy” calling for consumers, especially children, to be protected from misleading advertising. Importantly, a paragraph propos...

On 16 November, John Hill, Health Minister of the Province of South Australia (SA) held a conference during which he called the industry to take three actions to limit unhealthy food advertising if it wants to avoid regulatory measures: Extend the...

On 14 November, the Vietnamese National Assembly held a debate on a draft Advertising Law to replace the 2001 Ordinance governing all advertising activities in the country. According to Vietnamese media reports, the following amendments were suggest...

A study entitled: “Association between food marketing exposure and adolescents’ food choices and eating behaviors” to be published in the February 2012 edition of the Journal Appetite found that adolescents watching commercial TV ov...

In a new report published on 3 November looking at the UK social network market size, research firm Mintel found that half of all children aged 7-12 visit social networking websites and that nearly 1 million of children go on Facebook ‘every da...

Younger children still watch a lot of television, but mobile devices and the internet have taken over TV as adolescents’ favourite media, according to two reports published on 25 October in the US (by nonprofit organisation Common Sense Media) ...

On 17 October, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted a draft report on “a new strategy for Consumer Policy”, with 23 votes in favour, 0 against and 10 abstentions. A paragraph calling fo...

On 11 October, the Department of Consumer Protection of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice fined Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SBT), a children’s television network, R$1 million (over €400.000) for breaching advertising rules...

Children as young as three years old are “clearly influenced” by fast food TV advertising, a study to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics found. The authors of the study, entitled “Advertising Influences on Young Children's Fo...

In the October issue of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Emma Boyland and colleagues from Liverpool University found that despite the OFCOM rules banning “HFSS” food advertising during children’s programmes, children ...

Five years after the publication by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of their landmark report on “Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?” calling for industry action, the IOM commissioned a literature review to assess...

Speaking at an iftar dinner in Istanbul, Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) President Davut Dursun said on 21 August that RTÜK will soon be announcing some changes to its guidelines for broadcast material, including restrictions on...

Food and beverage industry self-regulatory pledges contain a loophole allowing product placement to reach large children audiences during prime-time TV, according to a Yale Rudd Center press release published on 2 August. A study led by Jennifer Har...

A study published online by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine on 1 August found that children are exposed to fewer “unhealthy” food and beverage ads since the introduction of the implementation of the Children’s Foo...

In a report on “Bevahiour Change” published on 19 July, the UK House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee has criticized the government’s approach to food marketing to children and its reliance on voluntary agreem...

On 6 July, the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity published a report revealing a “dramatic increase” in children and adolescents’ total exposure to TV food marketing in the US between 2008 and 2010, despite the signature i...

A study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that children aged six to 13 who were shown commercials for high fat and high carbohydrate foods were more likely to pick meals high in sugar and fat immediately thereafter. The team of researchers, ...

“Sufficient evidence exists to warrant a ban on junk-food advertising in children’s TV programming”, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)*. The statement, entitled “Children, Adoles...

On 28 April, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)* and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) published the results of new research on food and beverage advertising to children, revealing significant decrease in the amount of ads seen b...

A report published in April by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the research published between January 2008 and February 2011 on food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents. It aims to assess, among other things, industry self-...

On 24 March, ThinkTV, an association of major free-to-air television broadcasters, updated its voluntary restrictions on advertising to children. In their revised guidelines, “Getting it right for children”, the New Zealand broadcasters ...

During the opening of the 14th Congress on Public Health Research, José Angel Córdova Villalobos, Mexican Health Secretary, reportedly announced plans to prohibit the advertising of “products causing childhood obesity” durin...