Fruit Loops: Breakfast, Happy Meal: Lunch, Corn Dog: Dinner. MMM: Healthy
I have mixed feelings about this one. The New York Times reported yesterday that efforts to restrict advertising of unhealthy foods on kids programs (Saturday morning, Nickelodeon) is hitting a snag due to (surprise) industry opposition.
The federal involvement took a step forward last year when Congress ordered the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend standards for children’s food advertising.
The agencies released the preliminary proposal in December. It was far tougher than many had anticipated; advocates applauded but the food and advertising industries gave it a swift thumbs-down.
On the one hand obesity is a huge public health problem and the costs to all of us through health care subsidies and insurance rates is huge. On the other hand, restricting freedom of speech must always be done with great care (banning cigarette advertising strikes me as a choice that was correct).
I guess as a parent who lets his kids eat chicken nuggets with an alarming frequency, I tend to be against bans on advertising and supportive of restrictions that prevent false claims of healthiness.Click here for reuse options!
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