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A new study by the Cancer Council NSW found that the rate of unhealthy food and beverage advertising on TV has not dropped since 2011, suggesting minimal impact of the self-regulatory industry initiatives. The authors urge the government “to ta...

In their response to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)’s consultation on the review of the Code on advertising to children, several health organisations have called for restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy’ food ...

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...

On 3 August, non-profit food watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a report calling on non-food stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond to stop selling ‘unhealthy’ food at checkouts to avoid pester powe...

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thinks that the UK should be a 'nanny state' when it comes to keeping children healthy and is advocating restrictions on ‘junk’ food marketing to children as well as a 20% additional tax on sugary ...

Greenpeace, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation and El Poder del Consumidor – NGOs that are members of the Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria) - have issued a joint press release on 26 February denouncing the...

A survey of 2118 adults in the UK carried out by polling consultancy ComRes found that 64% of people want a ban on TV adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm. The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child He...

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...

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...

On 29 April, the Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, ASA) launched the campaign "Our children come first", calling on the authorities and society in general to end advertising “junk food” and sugary drinks ...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal “Obesity reviews”, Otago Wellington researchers urge governments to ban “junk food” advertising to children under 16 years old in order to fight increasing rates of childhood...

In a press release published on 6 January, the Québec Weight Coalition (Coalition Poids) condemns McDonald’s‘ partnership with two famous Québec hockey players who are role models for children, according to the Coalition. Th...

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 ...

Research commissioned by Vouchercodes.co.uk with 1000 parents of children aged 2-15 reveals that 'pester power' costs parents £460 a year, with 40% of children pestering their parents for sweets, snacks and ‘junk food’. The researc...

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...

A campaign called Junk Free Checkouts was launched on 16 September to force supermarkets to stop selling sweets near the tills. The initiative, announced by the British Dietetic Association and the Children’s Food Campaign, comes as a nationwid...

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...

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...

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...

On 29 April, the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) launched a new campaign calling on ministers to introduce statutory regulation restricting food and beverage advertising to children online. The organisation claims that ‘loopholes’ al...

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...

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...

The EU-funded “EATWELL project” released on 8 November found that 60% of respondents to a survey carried among over 3000 EU citizens favour a ban on advertising “junk food” aimed at children. The EATWELL research was carried ...

An academic study published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia found strong support among Australian adults for a food advertising ban of “unhealthy food” to children and for restricting the use of toy giveaways with such p...

On 2 October, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was currently drafting an amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation which would restrict advertising for food potentially leading to chronic diseases or inappropriate for children&rsquo...

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...

In an article published online by the Public Health Nutrition Journal, authors found that companies actively target children through the use of sports figures on food and beverage products and that most of these products are “unhealthy”. ...

On 4 September, the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, called on regulators to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on “junk food” advertising. Dr Cass told British media that existing regulations ar...

A coalition of doctors, dentists, children's charities and consumer groups has urged the organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to ban sponsorship and advertising from fast-food and sugary drinks companies. The Children's Food Campaign, b...

A press release published on 24 July in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology by the European Society of Cardiologists (ESC) argues that measures including a marketing ban of “junk food” could reduce unnecessary deaths from cardio...

“Peruvian television channels emit almost 20 thousand ads for junk food per year. Children and adolescents are the most vulnerable target to the promotional messages of these commercials”, says nephrologist Enrique Pérez Pozo. The ...

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 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...

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...

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 poll of 1,015 UK parents released on 7 March found that 65% of parents would be in favour of a ban on TV advertising for products that are high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) before 9pm, regardless of whether the programming is intended for children ...

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...

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”,...

An article published in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health entitled: “Protecting Young People From Junk Food Advertising: Implications of Psychological Research for First Amendment Law” claims that a proper interpr...

On 9 February, non-profit organisation the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) announced in a press release that it was filing 54 separate complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the British advertising watchdog, against food compan...

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 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...

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...

On 16 November, Indian Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas said the Government is considering creating an inter-ministerial committee to strengthen laws and regulations to prevent misleading advertising. The Minister expressed its doubts o...

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...

On 12 September, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said his Government was looking to ban “junk” food advertising to children, with a view to curbing the rise of childhood obesity. The announcement was made during a Nat...

On 12 September, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said his Government was looking to ban “junk” food advertising to children, with a view to curbing the rise of childhood obesity. The announcement was made during a Nat...

NGO Children's Food Campaign (CFC) claims in a report published on 7 September that the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal launched in March 2011 is ineffective and largely ignored by many big food companies. The report, entitled The Irr...

Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced on 28 August having asked Australia’s new preventative health agency to "review recent monitoring of food advertising-related evidence and reports". "The (agency) will engage with industry and other partne...

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 27 June, a study entitled: “Art of persuasion: An analysis of techniques used to market foods to children” was published online in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child health. Researchers at the Sydney University reviewed the range of...

“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 9 May, the Australian Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), along with other NGOs* called on Australian State and territory governments to adopt legislation restricting all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. ...

On 27 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report on Non communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control, which was held this week in Moscow. The report &nb...

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity on 23 March 2011 finds that the prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children in Victoria, the second biggest Australian State, has decreased significantly between 1999 and 2007. ...

On 11 March 2011, Member of the Indian Upper House (Rajya Sabha) B S Gnanadesikan tabled a “Special Mention” calling on the government to restrict food advertising on TV in order to tackle child obesity. Special mentions are statements m...

On 3 March, the Australian Senate defeated at second reading Bill n° 2010 introduced by Greens Leader Bob Brown aiming to restrict the advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” on TV between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm. The draft bill en...

Consumers International (CI) recently published an online guide to help national consumer organisations design and run successful campaigns addressing food marketing to children. The “Junk Food Generation Toolkit” provides information, id...




Anyone who has spent any appreciable amount of time working in the food industry realises that the issue of ‘junk food’ marketing to children is a hydra that rears two heads for every one cut off. It’s an emotive issue that gives h...