Topic: Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama: Marketing Can Make America Healthier

FLOTUS looks back on her campaigns to encourage smart lifestyle choices

I don't think I ever could have imagined that, as first lady, I would appear in an episode of Billy on the Street to promote fruits and vegetables and would…

This Childhood Obesity Ad Is So Good, the French Thought It Was Real

We speak to the student behind it

In the U.S., ads about weight usually come in the form of relatively thin women eating light yogurt. Awareness of obesity, especially in children, hasn't really taken off. But in France,…

Big Food Cuts the Fat in Advertising to Kids

Companies deliver on commitment to adopt stricter nutrition criteria

Big food advertisers, often vilified for contributing to America’s obesity epidemic, have made good on their promise to cut the fat, salt and sugar in 171 products that are marketed…

Bert and Ernie to Plug Veggies to Kids

Sesame Workshop waives license fees for use by produce marketers

Families and children could soon see Big Bird popping up on displays of broccoli, or Ernie next to a basket of apples. In a two-year arrangement announced Wednesday by First Lady…

Health Groups Target Katy Perry for Marketing Pepsi

7 groups sign open letter running Tuesday in some trades

Can nutrition watchdogs shame Katy Perry to stop marketing Pepsi? A group of seven health organizations are going to try. On Tuesday, they plan to run an open letter to…

Dora the Explorer Hawks Junk Food to Kids Like a Drug Pusher in New Ad

Long-term aim is to get Nickelodeon to reject unhealthy advertising

Food advocates are back with a new ad slamming Nickelodeon for accepting ads for junk food. The ad from the Center for Science in the Public Interest and five other…

Ferrero, Cartoon Net Pledge to Limit Food Marketing to Kids

First Lady acknowledges progress, asks industry to do more

The government may not be able to regulate food marketing to children, but it may not have to. On the same day Michelle Obama used her position as First Lady…

Legislation Would Use Tax Code to Stop Junk Food Ads Targeting Kids

Would close loophole for marketing unhealthy grub to children

The debate in Washington over which foods should or should not be marketed to children is far from over. And with Congress getting serious about taking up tax reform, there…

Senators Urge Nick to Stop Airing Junk Food Ads to Kids

Nutrition advocates convince four lawmakers to join fight

Nickelodeon is in the cross-hairs of food and nutrition advocates again, who have convinced four Democratic Senators to fire off a letter to the Viacom-owned net urging it to stop…

FTC Reports Food Marketing to Children Down 19.5%

Commission urges holdout companies and media to self-regulate

Nutrition watchdogs should be pleased. Food companies are spending less money marketing to children and youth, a new Federal Trade Commission report found. Compared to 2006, food marketing targeting 2-…