The UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity released a study on December 16, 2016 that analyzed the patterns of youth TV viewership and food advertising to preschoolers, children, and adolescents. Despite no difference in youth’s time spent viewing TV between 2008 and 2012, there was a marked increase in the number of food and beverage advertisements youth were exposed to. Another key finding: Black youth were exposed to more junk food ads than white youth.
The UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity explains the powerful effects of food advertising on Preschoolers, as outlined in a new study.
“If the ads were for healthy foods, that would be an asset to parents, but when the ads are for unhealthy foods, they make parents’ job harder,” a representative from Rudd said.
As part of research done by UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, studies showed that just 4 of 80 baby and toddler snack foods, (such as cookies, cereal bars, puffs, and fruit snacks), qualified as nutritious choices for young children.
And, 50% of baby snacks and 83% of toddler snacks contained added sugars.
Want to learn more about their research? Click here.
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While advocates work hard to remove unhealthy food choices from schools (where children might spend their lunch money in unhealthy ways) food advertisers repackage “smart snack” foods in a way that mirrors their unhealthy line of products as well.
Read more findings from The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
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“In the classroom we teach kids to eat fruits and vegetables,” Friedman says, “but if they walk out into the hallway and the vending machines are full of candy bars and soda, what’s the message there?” Roberta Friedman, and others at The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, are working hard to build healthy messages for kids. Read more about their work here.