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Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents: An Environment at Odds with Good Health

2011 | Download

The science is clear: The environments where children grow up, play and go to school affect their diets and health.

In this research brief, prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program, PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group shows how children in the United States grow up in environments saturated by food and beverage marketing, the bulk of it for foods low in nutrients and high in calories, sugars, salt and fat.

Focusing on studies published between January 2008 and February 2011, this synthesis examines research on U.S. trends in food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents. It also examines the growing body of research that independently assesses industry self-regulation, and identifies policy implications and highlights additional research needs and opportunities.

Download the brief.