Fat Kids, Fat Commercials
Wait, you mean commercials during kids programs promote junky foods—NO—you don’t say? Eric Nagourney of The New York Times investigates. Take a look:
When researchers looked at what foods were being advertised on programs watched by children and adolescents, they found that most products were larded with sugar, salt and fat.What a great battle-cry for parents. Teach your kids healthy eating and don’t let them become another fat statistic. For tips, read The Secrets to Getting Your Children to Eat Healthfully.
“The overwhelming majority of food-product advertisements seen on television by American children are of poor nutritional content,” said the study, which is in the current issue of Pediatrics. It was led by Lisa M. Powell of the University of Illinois.
The researchers focused on advertisements seen by two groups, ages 2 to 11 and 12 to 17. To gauge viewership, the study looked at the shows’ popularity ratings.
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