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On 8 March, research center “The Public Health Advocacy Institute” (PHAI)* published a legal issue brief designed to help State Attorneys General and stakeholders in children’s health and privacy challenge digital viral food marketi...

A study released on 19 February by the Journal of Health Communication found that cereal companies, the third biggest food marketer to children, use “sophisticated online marketing techniques” to target children with “unhealthy&rdqu...

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...

According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s said in a statement on 20 October that social networking features were removed from its online games in response to a complaint put forward to the FTC by a coalition of children’s advocacy, hea...

A coalition of children’s advocacy, health and public interest groups* plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this Wednesday against several children’s websites** on grounds that they violate the Children’s...

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 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. ...




Today AEf is publishing a comprehensive literature review on digital marketing communications and children, prepared by Dr Barbie Clarke, of Family Kids and Youth and Cambridge University. The first of its kind, this literature review sheds light on ...




There are plenty of commercials for healthy food, but the odds of a child viewing them are about as good as a cartoon villain defeating a superhero. More than 90 percent of food products advertised on Saturday morning television programs, for exampl...