Marketing to Kids

Urge media companies to stop running junk food ads during children’s programming

A new CSPI report, Changing the Channels: How Big Media Helps Big Food Target Kids (and What to Do about It), found that the number of unhealthy foods and beverages advertised during children’s programming has not decreased since 2012. However, the amount of junk food advertising to kids varies widely between channels. PBS, Univision, Disney (Disney, Disney Jr., and Disney XD), and Nick Jr.

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Every Hour Watching Nickelodeon or Nicktoons Exposes Kids to 10 Ads for Junk Food
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Statement of CSPI Vice President for Nutrition Margo G. Wootan
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Statement of CSPI Vice President for Nutrition Margo G. Wootan
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Statement of CSPI Vice President for Nutrition Margo G. Wootan
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Article Co-Authored by CSPI Senior Scientist Michael F. Jacobson, PhD
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General Mills: Stop Marketing Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks to Children

Betty Crocker fruit snacks are as unhealthy as gummy bears and are widely advertised to children. Please join us today in sending a message to General Mills today to ask them to stop marketing Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks to kids.

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