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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 ...

An academic study by the International University of La Rioja, published in the OBS Journal, found that on average toy manufacturers use less gender stereotypes in their advertising on social media than on TV or print. The researchers analysed ...

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has launched a new “Stop Targeting Kids” campaign on its website in a bid to enlist public support to force regulation on advertising directed at children of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS...

Health advocates have applauded the public consultation launched by the Government to assess stakeholders’ views on policy options to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food and beverage marketing. Health Canada sugges...

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 ...

New research published in the Journal Academic Pediatrics found a link between playing videogames and TV use and mental health disorders among boys in late childhood (8-9 years). The researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbo...

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour minister for social services and public health, sent a letter to UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to support a ban on ‘unhealthy’ food marketing to children across all media. The letter follows the C...

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...

The Government of the Community of Valencia has launched a campaign against toys which encourage gender stereotypes called: “El joguet no té gènere"”. It calls on parents and the industry to stop contributing to gender stere...

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...

The Consultative Council on Radio and TV (CONCORTV), a multi-stakeholder broadcasting authority under the Ministry of Communications, published a new study on the pattern of consumption of TV, radio programmes and internet/social media by children an...

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...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal Obesity Reviews, researchers from McMaster University (Ontario) found that children’s extensive exposure to the marketing of food and beverage high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) increased...

In a study published in the journal Appetite earlier this year, the author from the National Institute for Consumer Research finds that children in Norway are exposed to little advertising for ‘unhealthy’ food products compared to other W...

China’s media regulator has banned children of celebrities from appearing on reality television, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on 17 April. The ban also covers appearances by the stars’ children on chatshows and news reports re...

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...

A joint study by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calls for a ban on TV advertising for foods high in fat, sugar and salt ('HFSS') between 6am and 9pm, as well as to restrict the placement and content of online marketing communications of s...

In its annual report entitled “Children and Parents: Media and Attitudes”, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries (Ofcom), examined children’s use of different media and communicatio...

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...

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...

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has released the 8th annual compliance report of the Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative (RCMI) and of the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to C...

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 6 August, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries (Ofcom) published its annual Communications Market Report. The report reveals that 40% of 12 -15 year-olds and 41% of 16-24 year-olds said they...

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: "Patterns of Energy Drink Advertising Over U.S. Television Networks", researchers from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center (New Hampshire) claim that energy drink manufacturers primarily advertise on television channels ...

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, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia published an update of their National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity Survey, which found that increasing screen use among teenagers is a new threat t...

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 22 January, the BioMed Central released a study entitled “Virtually Impossible: limiting Australian children and adolescents daily screen-based media use”.  The research conducted by scholars from the University of Western Austral...

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...

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...

A report entitled: “Careless eating costs lives” published by the think-tank 2020health on 12 October calls on the British government to extend the ban on “unhealthy foods” advertising aimed at children to daytime television, ...

The Parliament adopted a series of amendments to allow advertising during children’s programme, as part of a recent overhaul of Ukraine’s advertising laws. The amendments were adopted on 5 June and signed by President Poroshenko on 1 Jul...

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...

On 15 July, the Mexican Health Ministry issued a press release announcing the entry into force of regulations restricting food advertising to children. The regulations restrict the advertising of food products which do not meet nutrition criteria, la...

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...

New data released today shows that the 20 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative have significantly changed the way they advertise products to children on TV since 2005 in the EU. Overall, children are exposed to 31% less ads for EU pledge products ...

On 26 February, the EU Greek Presidency endorsed an EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity during a Conference on Health and Physical Activity taking place in Athens. The Action Plan, which aims to halt the rise in overweight and obesity in children and...

Following a campaign urging Nickelodeon to stop licensing characters such as SpongeBob to “unhealthy products” (see AEf Alert 15/03/13), the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other consumer groups launched a s...

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 academic study published on 1 May in the Public Health Nutrition journal on the impact of TV and internet food advertising found similar trends among adults and children when it comes to evaluating food after being exposed to food advertising onli...

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...

In a comprehensive report released on 4 March entitled “No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy”, a panel set up by the Ontario government recommends to ban the marketing of ‘high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, beverages and snacks...

On 17 January, center-right member of the French Assembly Jean-Christophe Lagarde put forward a proposal which seeks to create a traffic light system for packaging of food and beverages and would extend their labeling to TV advertising. The draft bi...

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...

A study analysing the effect of the UK restrictions on TV advertising to children for foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) published in the Lancet medical journal in November finds no change in children’s exposure to HFSS advertising. In 20...

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...

An academic study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Pediatrics reveals that three-year-olds spend between 60 and 65 minutes in front of a screen on weekdays. During weekends, this number goes up to between 80 and 90 mi...

On 12 October, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced new advertising restrictions for the advertising of food and beverages "high in fat, salt and sugar" ("HFSS") to children, following a public consultation on the review of its Child...

Doctors and government health officials should set limits on the amount of time children spend watching screens – and under-threes should be kept away from the television altogether, according to a study published on 8 October in the Archives o...

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...