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Academics from the University of Auckland have called for statutory restrictions on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising to children. They believe the new industry’s “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” fails to ...

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 conducted by academics from the Radboud University (the Netherlands) and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) and published in the Journal Appetite shows that on-screen messages warning children of the commercial intent of advergames are i...

A recent study published in the Journal Appetite revealed that families eating dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off. However, children of TV-watching families were not more...

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...

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...

A coalition of 39 NGOs working on health issues, such as the European Public Health Alliance or Eurochild, sent a letter to the European Parliament calling for the current revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) to restrict marke...

As part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the impact of HFSS food advertising on rising children obesity, the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina (IHF-Argentina) released a study on the food and beverage advertising situation in Argent...

Consumer NZ has called for strengthening of advertising standards and for existing codes to be evaluated. According to health advocates, food marketing (including sponsorship) makes unhealthy food more appealing to children and contributes to childre...

In response to a call from the two parliamentary rapporteurs in charge of the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) submitted on 19 July a series of amendments to the ...

A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health revealed that 90% of the food companies involved in sponsorship of children's sports programs sold unhealthy food or drink. According to the research, sports progr...

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...

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 ...

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 “...

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...

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...

Scottish Public Health Minister, Maureen Watt, renewed calls for a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV (see AEF Alert 09/03/2015). The appeal follows a new Ipsos-Mori report, which revealed the exten...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

On 15 January, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced that the chain Wendy’s removed sugary soda from its children's menus and advertising. Organisations including CSPI have been urging Wendy’s to adopt such a poli...

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 ...

Consumer group Foodwatch has lent support to a coalition of 11 professional medical societies, including the German Diabetes Association and German Cancer Aid, which are calling for a ban on food advertising aimed at children, among other measures in...

An academic study published in the October issue of the Journal Appetite and entitled: “Child as change agent. The potential of children to increase healthy food purchasing” found that parents are frustrated by the supermarket environment...

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...

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...