Facebook Pixel

Junk food advertising and kids

By February 19, 2008 - 10:26am
Rate This

Where do you stand on the government putting limits on television advertising for junk food that is aimed at kids -- similar to existing limits on alcohol and tobacco ads? Would you favor a government limitation or oppose it?

Add a Comment5 Comments

If parents pack a healthy lunch for their kiddos at school, will they trade their food for less-healthy alternatives (or, is that just what they do in movies?).

I don't know...just curious to hear from moms, dads and guardians on this one. How much control do we, as care takers, really have when our children are at school or at a friends' house?

February 23, 2008 - 2:11pm

Don't we have enough taxes? It's getting to the point at which people have nothing left to pay the bills. Add up the total amount of taxes you pay: income (Federal, State if applicable), sales, property, luxury if applicable, gas, vice, etc. It will be astonishing! To add one more tax on one more level of food is ridiculous.

I agree with the idea of having programs in place to educate people in making healthy choices.

February 21, 2008 - 5:08pm

Government regulation, including limiting advertising to increasing "sin taxes" is a hot debate!

On one hand:
Government has long history of increasing taxes on products that are "unhealthy", i.e., alcohol and tobacco. Why would junk food be any different, when health care costs are rising from obesity and related lifestyle diseases, and US deaths from obesity are increasing at a rate higher than that of cigarette smoking?

On the other hand:
Defining "junk food" is almost impossible (as my earlier statement: would kid's cereal be considered junk?!). Higher taxes, or less advertising, don't necessarily equate to behavior change, and we should have more programs in place to help the individual make healthy choices.

Where do you stand on this issue?

February 21, 2008 - 2:53pm

Interesting question...even *if* there were some regulation on advertising junk food, would kid's cereals be defined as a "junk food"? Some children's cereals have as much as 40% sugar by weight! yikes!

February 21, 2008 - 2:44pm

I would expect government to overturn the decision to define ketchup as a food before showing the audacity to intervene in advertising junk food to kids. I believe the parent should assume responsibility for teaching their children good health habits; that government should provide good information; that schools should be able to provide healthful meals. Junk food may be a huge contributor to obesity in children; however, let's look first to the parent to take the lead in educating the child. Let's educate the parent. Let's not become the manifestation of Brave New World.

February 19, 2008 - 7:35pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Healthy Eating

Get Email Updates

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!