Stop Junk Food Marketing To Kids

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in

Many companies spend billions in marketing directed at children with a deceptive message of caring about their health
There are 52 comments:
Male 759
I`m not a massive fan of Jamie Oliver or anything but when he came to the USA with his healthy food for schoolkids campaign, the viewing public basically said `No, we don`t want to listen to you. We aren`t going to watch your programme. Go away`
He appeared on Letterman to boost his campaign and was told in no uncertain terms that it wouldn`t work.
I guess you can`t help people who aren`t willing to help themselves.
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Male 526
so just how many parents are dumb enough to know that berries aren`t actually in a cereal with that name? that when a cartoon is on the box, the box is mostly sugar? when you have a rabbit, a bird, a small green man, etc, hyped on sugar so much so they run away to get a fix for themselves - it`s the parents fault not the companies that make it. they buy it, not the kids.
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Male 621
... mandatory.

(Dang, so close!)
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Male 621
This video makes some very good, very lame, and mixed points:

The lame:
"People try to sell food with sugar, salt and fat." Well duh, that`s because those things taste good, thus sell well.

"Companies advertise their products." Of course! Companies that advertise get more sales than ones that don`t! And they have a right to do this!

The good:
"Industries lobby against voluntary nutrition guidelines, etc..." Yeah, this is some damned sneaky BS companies try to pull. We need to let our congress persons know not to talked out of trying to educate the public.

"Truth in advertising is lacking." Yup!

The mixed:
"Companies pull off PR stunts in our schools." Yeah, this kind of sucks, but with the crappy funding schools get, it`s a last resort for some schools.

The answer:
Teach moderation. Junk food is OK in limited amounts, but proper diet and exercise education should be
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Female 138
Angry Rant time: I`m a step mum with four kids. I also work for one of these multinational junk food companies. (I`m not high up and this is my personal opinion) It is the parents decision on what to feed their kids. My kids might ask for a burger or trix but do they get it... NO. Very rarely do they get something sweet or junk food orientated. Parents are the ones to blame, they are your kids for f-sake they don`t control you, you control them stop being a f-pussy and stand up, if you can`t say no to your kids when they ask for a burger... GROW SOME BALLS. I know a kid who gets everything he wants and now at school no one wants to hang out with him cause he is an non-nice individual. Parents need to learn how to parent.
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Male 1,429
Now I want a burger
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Male 2,516
Why does it matter how many junk food commercials kids see? Aren`t the parents the ones choosing what their kids eat?
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Female 385
[quote]The waste-products of weaponised e-coli isn`t GOOD enough as a sweetener for anyone anymore?[/quote]
Uhm... what? Aspartame was discovered as an accident from a dude trying to develop an anti-ulcer medication, and all scientific evidence suggests that it`s perfectly safe when consumed at reasonable levels. In fact, it`s one of the most highly tested and scrutinized food additives ever invented.
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Male 193
In the words of Russell Howard:
"Ban the adverts? Ban your fanny until you can look after what plops out of it!"
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Male 1,397
Hey, if you can`t support the big corporations in this day and age, what`s left? They`re even saying that Aspartame is bad for you now....what the hell is wrong with these people? Doesn`t bone cancer mean anything at all now? Where`s the righteousness behind Aspartame and the awesome Donald Rumsfeld? The waste-products of weaponised e-coli isn`t GOOD enough as a sweetener for anyone anymore? Wake up, people! We only want you to live to 65 or so (is THAT too much to ask?) We WANT your pensions. We have people here that are money-junkies. They NEED their fix of 100K per month....JUST TO SURVIVE! Would you (could you) deny these living saints this small (nay, miniscule) monetary sacrifice from you, the great unwashed...to realise some banker`s dream!
Look into your hearts, America (cos they`re coming for YOU...FIRST!) Can you, in all conscience, deny these GODS their money?

Well, it would appear you can!


Best of luck, `USA`. (Wilful ignorance is AWESOME by the w
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Male 934
Food in general gives kids energy. Kids are hyper by nature, because they typically have short attention spans and get bored. They are also wired to try new things, explore and develop their motor skills. If you give kids a pack a skittles, or some rice, chicken and broccoli, both will have raised blood sugar and hence more energy.
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Male 91
then HOW THE HECK SOME KIDS RUN LIKE A NIGGA AFTER DRINKING COKE.... >_<
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Male 30
you know there is not evidence that sugary and colouring stuff like skittles causes hyer-activity? It`s been found to be like, a placebo effect. I`ll see if i can find the reports anywhere
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Female 512
Unfortunately, I think a lot of adults are somewhat unaware of what constitutes good nutrition, correct portion sizes, & appropriate calorific intake. So if they don`t know what & how they`re supposed to eat, how in heck can they make good decisions for their kids & teach them the life skills they need to eat responsibly?

And as an aside...sugar is like freaking crack cocaine. Except cheaper. And yes, there is a theory that it is addictive. I cut most fructose out of the family`s diet 3 months ago (because I`m mean like that) & the difference it`s made to the way food tastes has been astonishing...food tastes good. Stuff like McDs tastes disgusting (I tried it a few weeks ago...all I could taste was salt & fat, it was horrible). And the kid`s behaviour has improved dramaticly. It would be good to see food companies in general reduce their sugar levels because it`s in *everything*.
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Male 30
funnily enough, I was a kid. I`m 18 now and have been living in my own at uni for a while, and I`m not fat, at all, I`m not diabetic and I don`t have health issues. Sure, I live in the Uk where there is slightly less rampant consumerism and I think we`re slightly healthier, but I had the same opportunities as all the fat kids out there. You can`t blame food companies for all of this, it`s down to the individual or the parents. My parents were pretty strict with what I ate but once I was old enough they didn`t stop me buying sweets/junk food, because they knew I wasn`t a drating moron. You can`t blame companies for making your stupid kids fat. Give them some drating trainers and make them go for a drating jog.
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Female 375
Like everyone else has said, it`s up to parents to learn how to say no to their kids.
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Male 2,737
I haven`t been to a fast food restaurant in over 6 months. They don`t take food stamps.
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Male 38
bad parenting.
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Male 2,436
@spannerbulb: Nice try, troll. Everyone knows communism doesn`t work.
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Male 1,243
Personal responsibility is one thing but when companies like McDonalds sell drat*ng play sets in toy shops surely we can see the issue here. But then it is just part of capitalism really, the dollar is god and will be for a very long time unless someone radical comes along and changes things. The western world needs a good dose of communism in my opinion.
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Male 1,231
Parents do have control over what their kids eat most of the time; the fact their kids are fat or have diabetes is down to ignorance on behalf of the parents, with regards to what they`re feeding their kids. This is another case of parents blaming every other influence in their kids life for the way they turn out, instead of holding their own hands up.
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Male 678
There isn`t a health crisis. There`s a self-control crisis. Kids and adults can both drink cola in moderate amounts and be completely healthy.
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Male 148
You wanted capitalism, you got capitalism.
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Female 3,001
well they stopped advertising cigarettes, why not junk food too. then the banning of alcohol ads, then eventually the banning of all adds... yes! no more adverts!!!
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Male 2,372
Wow. You could just feel the self-righteousness oozing out of the narrators voice. :-P
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Male 533
Capitalism. You can not stop it. Take some god damned responsibility.
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Female 457
Amen, Jamie76.
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Male 47
"You hear a lot these days about how big food and Beveridge companies have our kid`s best interests at heart."
I hear VERY FRIGGIN LITTLE about how parents take responsibility for raising a child.
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Male 2,345
blargendarg

well said sir, you win the internet!
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Male 2,345
PARENTS

CONTROL

YOUR

CHILDREN

AND

STOP

BLAMING

THE

FOOD COMPANIES

OR

ANYONE


ELSE

you are the ones that decide what they eat...you, not them and not anyone else.

Parents today are the biggest failures in the history of parenting. Seriously, it seems like more and more laws are being made to make up for the fact that parents can`t parent their own children.
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Male 376
Just because you can`t say no to your kid doesn`t mean that you should make the government do it.
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Female 1,356
Junk food is delicious.
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Male 17,512
[quote]Stop blaming companies for your fat children. This is just another thing that America can look at and say "It`s not my fault. I blame the government, big businesses, etc.[/quote]

Well said sir.
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Male 15,832
The first video clip was of Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, so I guess that means the whole thing was nothing but lies and bull$#!+, right?
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Female 737
MCMXCIII says "And if you`re a parents, you will know how tough it is to deny your children something that they really, REALLY want."


Its pretty drating easy. You say "no." I love my son, but he`s not having dessert for breakfast. You want to cry about not getting the cereal you saw on the TV commercial? Fine, go cry in your room until you`re happy with the meal I`ve prepared for you.

Its not really that hard. I encourage others stop letting kids dictate their diet and do the same as I.

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Female 500
Don`t wait for the companies. They make billions selling sugar. Who in their right mind would give that up? Or tell their shareholders they`re giving it up, for that matter. Being rich, or having the chubby boy down the street lose a couple pounds: which would you chose?
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Female 737
Or parents can learn to say "no."
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Male 4,793
Or the kids could have some self control and not eat poo.
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Male 936
yes, food companies do market to kids...but kids dont have money to buy these things....as a parent you get them something else....parents who are too lazy to cook dinner for their children and order out are to blame...not the snickers bar or bowl of cereal in the morning....kids have the fastest matabolisms..they can eat this stuff with out getting fat...its when the parents feed them nothing BUT this stuff they get over weight. make your kid join karate, soccer, peewee football...dont let them play video games all day..seriously...its the parents faults, not the food industries.
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Male 38,989

Nothing new here. Since the days of Tom Mixx there has been marketing to kids.
My generation was thinner than the current crop of bastards, yet we had Count Chocula, BooBerry, and FrankenBerry cereal. We had Pop Tarts and Twinkies. And yes, we even had ..... McDonalds! DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!

Parents, stop blaming others for your own failures.

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Male 1,070
Suuuuuure, blame the fast food companies and not the parents.
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2,698
well said Mr. kangaroo man....that was a pretty weak argument as well
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Male 1,540
It must feel great taking the moral high ground when it comes to junk food and fat kids. Here`s an idea, be a good parent to your own kids and let other people decide when their family gets to eat McDonalds and KFC.
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Male 356
Watch Food Inc., maybe that`ll change your mind.
Many people don`t have the luxury of choice, you know. And if you`re a parents, you will know how tough it is to deny your children something that they really, REALLY want.
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Male 31
wtg gerry - when are these frikkin piece of crap parents going to take responsibility fer f--k`s sake. don`t have kids if you are completely unfit to raise them.
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Male 321
Not too long ago, parents had to protect their children from the elements and from animals, no we have to adapt and change so we can protect them against the greed of corporations. Their is a battle going on for their minds through clever advertising and mood altering ingredients, to program them and form them for optimal profits without regard to the long term effects. Protect yo kids and make them eat healthy.
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Male 2,962
I agree that parents need to be more actively involved in bringing their kids up, sure.
I also think that corporations should institute honest, ethical business pratices.
I won`t hold my breathe for either.
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Male 2,436
Kids like sugar.
Nothing wrong with a little sugar within moderation. I see no problem with marketing towards kids either.

When I was a kid, being in the grocery store with my mother, I was allowed to choose ONE ITEM from the candy rack at checkout. Why shouldn`t corporations be able to market towards that one choice?

The kids are fat? BLAME THE PARENTS!

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Male 207
Stop blaming companies for your fat children. This is just another thing that America can look at and say "It`s not my fault. I blame the government, big businesses, etc."
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Male 38,989

"Parents don`t decide what to market and sell to kids"

No, parents decide what to buy kids.
Parents decide what the child eats.
Parents teach their children what foods are allowed.

Blaming business because you stuffed too many happy meals down your kids throat?
I`m Not Buying It!
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Male 262
"Parents don`t decide what to market and sell to kids, food companies do." OK, yeah, duh... but the parents buy it and feed it to their kids.
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Female 8,043
Link: Stop Junk Food Marketing To Kids [Rate Link] - Many companies spend billions in marketing directed at children with a deceptive message of caring about their health
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