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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...

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...

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...

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA), announced a new self-regulatory initiative that promotes responsible advertising to children. Under the Children’s Confection Adve...

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...

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 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...

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...

Last week, confectionery company American Licorice Company announced that it was proud to join the 17 signatories of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) which have committed to restrict food advertising to child...

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...

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 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 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 ...

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...

The Yale Rudd Centre published on 19 November the second edition of their Sugary Drink FACTS 2014 (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score series – f.a.c.t.s.), analysing progress made by manufacturers of beverages to reduce...

On 16 September, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urged Sunny Delight, Pizza Hut and Amazon to stop promoting unhealthy food and drinks at schools. The NGO called on the companies to set nutrition standards for food and beverages mark...

On 16 September, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urged Sunny Delight, Pizza Hut and Amazon to stop promoting unhealthy food and drinks at schools. The NGO called on the companies to set nutrition standards for food and beverages mark...

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 ...

Healthy Eating Research, a programme of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an issue brief exploring the marketing of children’s meals using toys and made some recommendations. The brief “Food Marketing: Using Toys to M...

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 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...

A report recently released by the Yale Rudd Center (“Older but still vulnerable: All children need protection from unhealthy food marketing”) calls on signatories of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) to...

On 31 December, the uniform nutrition criteria of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) came into force. These criteria define which products signatories can advertise to children under the age of 12. &ldquo...

An academic study published in the December issue of the journal Childhood Obesity finds that self-regulation is ineffective, since the overall nutritional value of products advertised during children's programmes (≥35% child-audience share) is wo...

On 18 September, during a speech at the White House, first Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged the efforts of the industry’s Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in limiting “unhealthy” food marke...

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...

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...

An article published online on 2 July by the Journal Pediatric Obesity found that the 16 signatories of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) were less likely to advertise products that met the draft nutrition standards of t...

A study by IASO Tim Lobstein released in the journal Pediatric Obesity finds that the EU Pledge’s recently agreed common nutritional criteria for food marketing to children under 12 are too tolerant for sugary products including breakfast cerea...

An academic paper published on 2 May by the Journal of Health Communication says the industry-led Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) is ineffective, as 84% of the foods promoted to children on Spanish-language channels ...

In a report released on 18 March, the Yale Rudd Center found that preschoolers see an average of more than 11 food adverts per day, despite food companies' commitment not to advertise to children under 5. One out of ten of those adverts appear on jus...

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....

A review published by nonprofit organisation Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) in February 2013 found that despite some progress to improve the foods marketed to American youths at home, in schools and in restaurants, children and young people are ...

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...

On 3 December, the Food Marketing Workgroup, which represents more than 55 health groups and 30 experts, called on Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom to join the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), an industry self-r...

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...

Cereals advertised to children contain more whole grains and key nutrients, and less sugar, calories and sodium than before, according to the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), the industry advertising self-regulation ...

Research published in the Journal Appetite insists that current policies addressing food marketing to children fail to take into account the interactive nature of digital marketing. The author, Georgina Cairns of the University of Stirling,...

On 18 July, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) denounced the use of Madagascar 3 characters by companies marketing “nutrition-poor foods” and which are not Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI...

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sent a letter to Nestlé USA CEO Brad Alford denouncing the company’s partnership with “the Girl Scouts of USA”. The letter claims Nestlé is  breach of its pledg...

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...

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...

On 29 March, the American Academy of Pediatrics and NGO Children Now sent a joint letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jo Leibowitz urging the FTC to take action against “junk food” advertising to children and to issue a fina...

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 14 December, the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) published a report on the results of over five years of implementation of the self-regulatory programme. The report notes the signatories’ excellent complianc...

On 27 September, seventy-five experts in nutrition, marketing, medicine and public health wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to ensure that the Interagency Working Group (IWG) completes its work and issues a strong set of marketing guidelin...

In a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, researchers from the University of Ottawa found the Canadian Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) does not have a significant impact on the amount of food ...

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...

On 14 July, a group of the United States' largest food companies, members of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), announced they have agreed to follow common nutrition criteria for foods advertised to children. The CFBAI,...

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...

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-...