Childhood Obesity

We are fighting to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by promoting healthy messages and restricting the advertising of junk food, fast food and soda pop to children.

See also the Childhood Obesity Prevention Agenda, Statement on Junk Food Marketing to Children, and our web pages on soft drinks and junk food in schools.

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News Releases

Report: Cash-Strapped Schools Raise Only Minimal Revenues Through In-School Advertising
Elizabeth Ben-Ishai | February 2nd, 2012

Commercial Alert Responds to FTC Study on Junk Food Marketing to Kids
Robert Weissman | July 29th, 2008

Food Companies Launch Yet Another Phony Effort Against Childhood Obesity
Gary Ruskin | November 14th, 2006

Commercial Alert Statement on FTC-HHS Report on Food Marketing to Children
Gary Ruskin | May 2nd, 2006

USDA Won’t Enforce Rules Against Junk Food Sales in Schools
Gary Ruskin | June 14th, 2005

Commercial Alert Petitions USDA to Enforce Restrictions on Sale of Junk Food in Schools
Gary Ruskin | April 26th, 2005

U.S. Senate Bill Would Help Curb Childhood Obesity, Tobacco-Related Illnesses
Gary Ruskin | June 23rd, 2004

Global Anti-Obesity Strategy is Too Lite on Corporations
Gary Ruskin | April 19th, 2004

Health Experts Call for Worldwide Ban on Marketing of Junk Food to Kids
Gary Ruskin | February 27th, 2004

Obesity Experts, Child Advocates Ask Sesame Street Not to Advertise for McDonald’s
Gary Ruskin | October 13th, 2003

Commercial Alert Criticizes National PTA Over Coke Sponsorship
Gary Ruskin | June 4th, 2003

Childhood Obesity Prevention Campaign Launched
Gary Ruskin | April 2nd, 2003

Go On The Offensive, Secretary Thompson Tells Junk Food Lobby
Gary Ruskin | November 15th, 2002

Commercial Alert Asks UNICEF to Drop Support for McDonald’s World Children’s Day, Obesity Lobby
Gary Ruskin | August 26th, 2002

Obesity Lobby Will Carry Out CDC’s New Program, Commercial Alert Charges
Gary Ruskin | July 17th, 2002

Commercial Alert, Groups Urge HHS Sec. Thompson to Support WHO Effort to Fight Junk Food Marketing, Prevent Obesity, Diabetes
Gary Ruskin | May 10th, 2002

Nader, Doctors Ask Surgeon General Nominee: Will You Protect Kids or Corporations?
Gary Ruskin | April 5th, 2002

Surgeon General's Anti-Obesity Plan Does Too Little to Protect Kids, Says Commercial Alert
Gary Ruskin | December 13th, 2001

Commercial Alert Criticizes Movie-Length Ad Targeted at Kids
Gary Ruskin | May 7th, 2001

Stop Peddling Junk Food to Children, Commercial Alert Tells Publishers
Gary Ruskin | September 22nd, 2000

Coalition Wants Schools to Stop Pushing Junk Food on Children
Gary Ruskin and Jim Metrock | July 12th, 2000

Coalition Launches Campaign to Protect Schoolchildren From Channel One
Gary Ruskin and Jim Metrock | March 2nd, 2000

Coalition Wants Congress to Authorize FTC to Protect Children from Harmful Advertising
Gary Ruskin | October 12th, 1999


Does Advertising Make Us Fat? Yes!
Gary Ruskin | February 20th, 2006

Swann Song
Gary Ruskin | January 13th, 2005

Swann Song
Gary Ruskin | January 13th, 2005

The Fast Food Trap: How Commercialism Creates Overweight Children
Gary Ruskin | October 31st, 2003

Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children
Gary Ruskin | September 30th, 1999

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Cookie Monster crumbles
The Economist | November 23rd, 2013

Top Hospitals Putting an End to Formula Marketing to New Moms
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Walmart Ads Target "Low Income" Consumers With Junk Food
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Happy Meals With McNuggets Dominate Children's Advertising
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Mexico to bar junk food ads targeting kids
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Formula Samples Decline
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Food marketing to kids sends wrong message
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A new kind of cola war
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Consumer groups razz Katy Perry for hyping Pepsi
Bruce Horovitz | USA Today | October 20th, 2013

ESTHER CEPEDA: Beware of junk-food marketers
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Anna Almendrala | The Huffington Post | October 9th, 2013

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Bill Briggs | NBC News | October 7th, 2013

Dora the Explorer Hawks Junk Food to Kids Like a Drug Pusher in New Ad
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Cartoon Network Sets Food Marketing Age Limit
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First lady urges companies to advertise more healthier foods to children
Associated Press | Washington Post | September 18th, 2013

Thinking Beyond the Clown
Anna Lappe | Huffington Post | September 13th, 2013

The sour side of sugar cereals
Pooja Salhotra | Yale Daily News | September 10th, 2013

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Second Opinion: Swallowing it | September 4th, 2013

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Food makers' health claims are hard to swallow
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Alexandra Sifferlin | Time Health and Family | August 29th, 2013

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Associated Press | Washington Post | August 26th, 2013

Is McDonald's Kid-Themed Business Model Obsolete?
Michelle Simon | Huffington Post Business | August 22nd, 2013

Report: Junk food ads targeting Hispanic youth Parents urged to be more vigilant
Jessie Degollado | | August 13th, 2013

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Ana Radelat | Advertising Age | August 12th, 2013

Formula-fed babies may be more susceptible to chronic disease, study finds
UC Davis | August 8th, 2013

Obesity rates decline among low-income preschoolers after rising for decades
Lena H. Sun | Washington Post | August 6th, 2013

Legislation Would Use Tax Code to Stop Junk Food Ads Targeting Kids
Katy Bachman | Ad Week | August 5th, 2013

Coca-Cola gives $3M to city for anti-obesity, diabetes efforts
John Byrne | Chicago Tribune | November 13th, 2012

Study: Hispanic parents don’t see food companies’ impact on their kids’ eating habits as bad
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez | NBC Latino | November 6th, 2012

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Tom Philpott | Mother Jones | November 1st, 2012

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CHANNEL NEWSASIA | Today Online | October 29th, 2012

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Cecilia Kang | The Washington Post | October 24th, 2012

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Advertising Age | October 23rd, 2012

Special Report: Food, beverage industry pays for seat at health-policy table
Duff Wilson and Adam Kerlin | Reuters | October 22nd, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics Launches Institute to Battle Childhood Obesity
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How Did My Profession’s Conference Get Hijacked by Big Food?
Andy Bellatti | Food Safety News | October 18th, 2012

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Bridget Huber | The Nation | October 12th, 2012

McDonald's to Health Critics: We Need to Be Part of the Conversation
E. J. Schultz | Advertising Age | October 12th, 2012

Food apps could be collecting children's data
Jay Crandall | | October 11th, 2012

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Rupal Parekh | Advertising Age | October 11th, 2012

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Gabe Licht | Spencer Daily Reporter | October 11th, 2012

Alex Bogusky Takes on Coca-Cola, Soda Companies
Rupal Parekh | Advertising Age | October 10th, 2012

Program Aims To Make Kids More Critical Of Junk Food Ads
Jessica Robinson | Northwest Public Radio | October 9th, 2012

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Sue Hubbard | Chicago Tribune | October 2nd, 2012

UK: Regulation of junk food advertising has minimal impact
The Financial | October 2nd, 2012

McDonald's asks, TV with those french fries?
AP | USAToday | September 27th, 2012

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Caroline Scott-Thomas | Food Navigator | September 27th, 2012

FTC Gets Earful on COPPA Revisions
Multichannel News | September 26th, 2012

Food Industry Braces for New Study on Marketing to Kids
Abby Ellin | ABC | September 25th, 2012

So that's why children love burger and chips: Fast-food logos are 'branded' on their brains
Daily Mail | September 24th, 2012

Up for Debate: Marketing of Sports Drinks on a High School Campus
Brent Ainsworth | Novato Patch | September 21st, 2012

FTC Shines Light On Food Ads, Kids
Anton Troianovski | Wall Street Journal | September 19th, 2012

Child's Play: Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games
ANTON TROIANOVSKI | Wall Street Journal | September 18th, 2012

Money, Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy
Mark Hyman | Huffington Post | September 6th, 2012

How Regulation Really Does Change Eating Behavior
Marion Nestle | The Atlantic | September 4th, 2012

Junk Food Linked to Lower Class, More Screen Time
Rick Nauert | Psych Central | August 23rd, 2012

Lawyers From Suits Against Big Tobacco Target Food Makers
STEPHANIE STROM | New York Times | August 20th, 2012

'You Can't Eat That!' No Match for Junk Food
Yoni Freedhoff | US News | August 16th, 2012

What if we regulated junk food the way we do alcohol?
Rosie Mestel | Los Angeles Times | August 15th, 2012

Kids pick nutritional Happy Meal when no toy offered with less healthy option: study
Sheryl Ubelacker | Winnipeg Free Press | August 13th, 2012

Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity
Lindsey Tanner | Associated Press | August 13th, 2012

A Torrent of Toys, From Lunchables
ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN | New York Times | August 6th, 2012

Chile Sues Fast Food Chains After Outlawing Toys With Kids Meals
LUIS ANDRES HENAO | Huffington Post | August 2nd, 2012

Sprite's New Tagline: 'There's Nothing Soft About It'
Natale Zmuda | Advertising Age | July 30th, 2012

Olympics attacked for fast food and fizzy drink links
Rebecca Smithers | The Guardian | July 26th, 2012

Junk food has no place in the Olympic lineup
Neville Rigby | The Guardian | July 17th, 2012

Ban on Advertising to Children Linked to Lower Obesity Rates
CATHERINE MUSEMECHE | New York Times | July 16th, 2012

American Beverage Association sponsors conference on obesity in minorities?
Marion Nestle | Food Politics | July 16th, 2012

Coke and Telemundo Team Up for the Olympics
Sam Thielman | AdWeek | July 13th, 2012

India: food, marketing and children's health
Oliver Balch | The Guardian | July 11th, 2012

Olympics-IOC chief backs Games food and drinks sponsors
Karolos Grohmann | Reuters | July 10th, 2012

Cardiologist: Ban junk food from sponsoring Olympics
BBC | July 10th, 2012

Coke Warms Up Summer With Foursquare and Paul McCartney
Christopher Heine | AdWeek | July 9th, 2012

Making Children Hanker to Eat Broccoli and Carrots
ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN | New York Times | July 6th, 2012

Coke Uses Olympics as Link to Healthful Lifestyles
Emma Hall | Advertising Age | July 5th, 2012

Olympics Sponsors Go for the Young
MIKE ESTERL | Wall Street Journal | July 3rd, 2012

Report finds that sugary cereals marketed to Hispanic children more than any ethnic group
Nina Terrero | NBC Latino | July 2nd, 2012

Five Questions with McDonald's Global Brand Officer Kevin Newell
Maureen Morrison | Advertising Age | June 28th, 2012

McDonald's, supersized: First pictures inside the world's biggest fast food restaurant
Louise Eccles | Daily Mail | June 26th, 2012

Nestle Crunch Breaks Campaign for Girl Scout Candy Bars
Advertising Age | June 25th, 2012

Angry Moms Take on Nutella to Fight Sugary Advertising
Stephanie Armour | Bloomberg Business Week | June 22nd, 2012

Cereals aimed at kids haven’t improved much nutritionally, new report finds
Deborah Kotz | Boston Globe | June 22nd, 2012

As Health Pressure Rises, Kids Cereals Spending More on Ads
EJ Schultz | Advertising Age | June 22nd, 2012

Study: How Soda Companies’ Social Responsibility Campaigns Are Harming Your Health
Alexandra Sifferlin | Time Magazine | June 22nd, 2012

Coca-Cola Creates Global TV Series for Olympics
Natalie Zmuda | Advertising Age | June 20th, 2012

Sugary kids' drink gets misleading ad award
The Local | June 20th, 2012

Progress Is Our Most Important Product
Mark Bittman | The New York Times | June 20th, 2012

Feeding the obesity crisis
David Sirota | Salon | June 19th, 2012

Health Advocates Say Nestlé Co-Branded Candy With Girl Scouts Violates Pledge
Katy Bachman | AdWeek | June 19th, 2012

Former Coke exec speaks out against soda
Erin Burnett | CNN | June 15th, 2012

‘Let’s Move’ anti-obesity marketing firm now pushing sugary drinks on teens
Caroline May | The Daily Caller | June 12th, 2012

Frosted Wheats Settlement Debated in the 9th
MATT REYNOLDS | Courthouse News | June 11th, 2012

Former Coke executive slams ‘share of stomach’ marketing campaign
N.C. Aizenman | The Washington Post | June 8th, 2012

Nutrition Push May Be a Little Better for Kids, Great for Disney
Danielle Kurtzleben | U.S. News | June 6th, 2012

FTC Chair Praises Disney for Food Marketing Move
John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | June 6th, 2012

Don't Expect Kids' Networks to Follow Disney on Food Ads
Jeanine Poggi, E.J. Schultz | Advertising Age | June 6th, 2012

Why Tobacco Lawsuits Loom Large for Obesity Prevention
Samantha Graff | Civil Eats | June 4th, 2012

2 Million Served by McDonald's Europe Site for Kids
Lisa Lacy | ClickZ | June 4th, 2012

PBS Deserves Tons of Awards, but Not for Selling Kids on Chick-fil-A
Susan Linn | Huffington Post | May 24th, 2012

Frito-Lay Donates $90,000 to Texas High School Sports Programs
Frito-Lay North American Press Release | Sacramento Bee | May 17th, 2012

General Mills must defend ‘made with real fruit’ claim for Fruit Roll-Ups, court rules
Caroline Scott-Thomas | Food-Navigator | May 15th, 2012

Food Safety Update: More Empty Recommendations on Junk Food Marketing to Children
Michele Simon | Center for Food Safety | May 11th, 2012

The ABCs of Beating Obesity
Betsy McKay | Wall Street Journal | May 9th, 2012

Institute of Medicine Wants Food Ad Standards Applied to Teens
John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | May 9th, 2012

Ronald McDonald: Healthy Food Adviser? Schools Get $1,000 for Allowing the Clown to Pitch to Kids
ALAN FARNHAM | ABC News | May 8th, 2012

‘The Weight of The Nation’ contributor on a parent’s role in fighting childhood obesity
Janice D'Arcy | Washington Post | May 4th, 2012

Is the ‘obesity lobby’ winning?
Tom Laskawy | May 2nd, 2012

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!
David Katz | Huffington Post | May 1st, 2012

Familiarity With Television Fast-Food Ads Linked to Obesity
Science Daily | April 30th, 2012

McDonald's tying Summer Olympics to new effort to promote children's well-being
Emily Bryson York | Chicago Tribune | April 30th, 2012

Can a Formula Company Really Promote Breast-Feeding and Fight Child Obesity?
Bonnie Rochman | Time | April 30th, 2012

Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity
Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts | Reuters | April 30th, 2012

Regulatory Ripples: Why Marketers Must Think and Act Locally
Matthew Creamer | AdAge | April 23rd, 2012

Is Ronald McDonald the New Joe Camel?
Maureen Morrison | AdAge | April 23rd, 2012

When a Sugar High Isn’t Enough
David Segal | The New York Times | April 23rd, 2012

Will adverts at the Olympics increase fast food consumption?
Melissa Hogenboom | BBC News | April 18th, 2012

We must demonise junk food for the sake of our children
Aseem Malhotra | The Guardian | April 16th, 2012

McDonald's healthy-eating campaign sparks debate
Harvy Lipman | April 16th, 2012

SpongeBob SquarePants' Last Stand
Todd Zywicki | Wall Street Journal | April 13th, 2012

Reviving Two Characters by Tearing Them Apart
ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN | The New York Times | April 12th, 2012

Burger King rolls out new menu items, advertising
ELAINE WALKER | Miami Herald | April 2nd, 2012

Selling Condos? It’s Child’s Play
ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO | The New York Times | March 30th, 2012

McDonald's Now Using Goats to Exploit Children
Michele Simon | TreeHugger | March 29th, 2012

The Right to Sell Kids Junk
Mark Bittman | The New York Times | March 28th, 2012

Does This Look Like Health Food?
Katy Bachman | AdWeek | March 27th, 2012

Jim Skinner's Tenure: Big Profits, Bad for Public Health
Sara Deon, Value [the] Meal director, Corporate Accountability International | MarketWatch, WSJ | March 23rd, 2012

Is a Calorie a Calorie?
Mark Bittman | The New York Times | March 22nd, 2012

PepsiCo draws fire for alleged ‘crass commercial’ choice of profit over public health
Ben Bouckley | Beverage Daily | March 15th, 2012

Still a Fast-Food Nation: Eric Schlosser Reflects on 10 Years Later
Eric Schlosser | The Daily Beast | March 12th, 2012

Marketing and advertising that respects children's rights
Guy Shrubsole | The Guardian | March 12th, 2012

Junk food ads prevalent in Maine high schools despite ban, study finds
Jackie Farwell | Bangor Daily News | March 7th, 2012

U.K.: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban
Katherine Sellgren | The Guardian | March 7th, 2012

U.K.: Kellogg's slammed for saying sugar is not related to obesity or ill-health
Sean Poulter | Mail Online | March 7th, 2012

Coke-built playgrounds stirs obesity debate
Julie Deardorff and Chicago Tribune | Washington Post | March 5th, 2012

McDonald's to kids: Eat fruit, drink milk, visit Arches
Emily Bryson York | Chicago Tribune | March 5th, 2012

General Mills files motion to dismiss fruit snacks lawsuit
Elaine Watson | Food-Navigator | March 2nd, 2012

First Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Junk Food Marketing to Kids
Samantha Graff | Roll Call | February 20th, 2012

How Companies Learn Your Secrets
CHARLES DUHIGG | The New York Times | February 16th, 2012

U.K.: Children 'watch same level' of junk food ads despite TV rules
BBC | February 16th, 2012

UK: Kellogg’s escapes censure
Marketing Week | February 15th, 2012

Does the First Amendment Protect Marketing Junk Food to Kids?
Marion Nestle | The Atlantic | February 15th, 2012

Mixed progress made by US government and schools to improve food marketing influencing children
Eureka Alert | February 14th, 2012

'Super-Complaint' Made Against 50 Websites Over Junk Food Ads 'Aimed At Children'
Kyrsty Hazell | Huffington Post UK | February 10th, 2012

Abolish the Food Industry
Raj Patel | The Atlantic | February 6th, 2012

Critics pounce on Coke, Pepsi health initiatives
Julie Deardorff | Chicago Tribune | February 6th, 2012

Coke Effort Encourages African-American Teens
Karlene Lukovitz | MediaPost News | February 3rd, 2012

US guidelines on food marketing to kids stalls
Bernice Yeung | California Watch | January 27th, 2012

Junk food in schools gets weighty reprieve
Bruce Bower | Science News | January 23rd, 2012

Study: Quebec ban on fast-food ads reduced consumption of junk food
Eureka Alert | January 23rd, 2012

Coca-Cola's New Tumblr Shares Happiness
Lisa Lacy | ClickZ | January 12th, 2012

Can Online Games Influence What Kids Eat?
Alice Park | Time | January 10th, 2012

Canadians back ban on junk food ads targeting kids: Survey
Sarah Schmidt | Vancouver Sun | January 10th, 2012

Food Marketing to Children Through Toys
JJ Otten, et al. | American Journal of Preventive Medicine | January 9th, 2012

UK: Ad industry slams BHF report on online advertising to children
Rosie Baker | Marketing Week | December 20th, 2011

UK: Junk food websites 'target young'
Press Association | The Guardian | December 19th, 2011

Lawmakers want cost-benefit analysis on child food marketing restrictions
Dina ElBoghdady | Washington Post | December 16th, 2011

Australia: Junk food advertising to kids – what’s next for regulation?
Boyd Swinburn | The Conversation | December 15th, 2011

The Health of Children and Consumers is Threatened by Conservative Push for Corporate Speech Rights
Steven Rosenfeld | December 13th, 2011

Supervalu War on Obesity Drowned Out by Kraft Marketing: Retail
Leslie Patton | Bloomberg | December 13th, 2011

Junk food may be returning to school vending machines in Seattle
Brian M. Rosenthal | Seattle Times | December 12th, 2011

Food giants fight proposed nutrition guidelines
Carolyn Lochhead | SFGate | December 12th, 2011

Australia: Nostalgia Rules In Cookie Ad
Stephanie Peatling | Sydney Morning Herald | December 12th, 2011

Australia: ACMA finds no reduction in kids' exposure to junk food ads
Jessica Burke | Food Magazine | December 9th, 2011

Cereal? Cookies? Oh, What’s the Diff?
Mark Bittman | The New York Times | December 9th, 2011

McDonald's Fined $1.8 M in Brazil for Happy Meal Toy Giveaway
Laurel Wentz | AdAge | December 8th, 2011

Fast-food toy ban no aid to nutrition, study says
Erin Allday | SFGate | December 8th, 2011

Twinkies for Breakfast? Kids’ Cereals Fail Industry’s own Lame Nutrition Guidelines
Michele Simon | Appetite for Profit | December 8th, 2011

Some children’s cereals packed with sugar, study finds
Dina ElBoghdady | Washington Post | December 7th, 2011

Toying with the Happy Meal: Is McDonald's Evading the Law?
Michele Simon | Food Safety News | December 6th, 2011

McDonald's using SF Happy Meal ban as fundraiser while skirting law Read more at the San Francisco
Joshua Sabatini | San Francisco Examiner | November 30th, 2011

Brands to change marketing to under-12s on websites | November 29th, 2011

Have It Your Way: The Evolution of the Kids' Meal
Amanda Hess | Good | November 17th, 2011

Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches
Ron Nixon | The New York Times | November 16th, 2011

Congress Pushes Back On Healthier School Lunches
Mary Clare Jalonick/AP | NPR | November 15th, 2011

Infant-Formula Companies Milk U.S. Food Program
Molly M. Ginty | Women's e news | November 8th, 2011

U.S. food lobby fighting hard to defend kid ads
Diane Bartz | Reuters | November 8th, 2011

Rage ensues as study shows soda ads target minorities
Glenn Blain | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | November 7th, 2011

Burger King kids meals come with wearable cardboard crowns
Bruce Horovitz | USA TODAY | November 7th, 2011

Pediatricians’ Trick-or-Treat Bags
Alan Greene | | November 4th, 2011

School Lunch Proposals Set Off a Dispute
Emily Berl | The New York Times | November 2nd, 2011

McDonald's Launches Its Own TV Channel: Say 'No' to Television and 'Yes' to Your Family
Marlene Schwartz and Barbara H. Fiese | Huffington Post | November 1st, 2011

Soft drink advertising targets children and teens: study
Reuters | The Raw Story | October 31st, 2011

In High Schools, a Critical Lens on Food
HANNAH WALLACE | The New York Times | October 27th, 2011

Artist's Parody Sparks Nutritionists' Debate About Cereal
KIM CAROLLO | ABC News | October 26th, 2011

"Horror Hotel": The New Frontier of Junk Food Marketing to Kids
Anne Landman | The Center for Media and Democracy, PR Watch | October 24th, 2011

IOM releases tough report on front-of-package labeling
Marion Nestle | Food Politics | October 20th, 2011

The Candification of Our Food: The Case of the Fruit-Less Fruit Snack
Samira Kawash | The Atlantic | October 20th, 2011

Pepsi Uses Games to Mask Doritos Marketing to Teens, Groups Say
Eric Engleman | Bloomberg | October 19th, 2011

Junk Food Companies Contradict Themselves on Marketing to Kids
Donald Cohen | The Huffington Post | October 14th, 2011

Childhood obesity war a food fight?
Marian Burros | Politico | October 13th, 2011

Waxman compares Republican defenders of food marketers to tobacco champions
Julian Pecquet | The Hill | October 12th, 2011

Gov't pulls back on junk food marketing proposal
Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press | October 12th, 2011

“Self-Regulation is Working” head of BBB Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative to tell
Better Business Bureau | October 12th, 2011

FTC: Food Marketing Guidelines Should Not Be Extended to Cover Kids 12-17: FTC
John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | October 11th, 2011

Federal regulators rethinking guidelines on marketing food to children
Dina ElBoghdady | Washington Post | October 11th, 2011

We're Not Buying It: Stop junk food marketing to kids
Prevention Insitute | October 7th, 2011

Companies marketing food to kids need stronger guidelines, health advocates say
Jeannine Stein | Los Angeles Times | October 7th, 2011

Study Suggests that Children’s Food Choices are Affected by Direct Advertising and Parental Influenc
The Journal of Pediatrics | October 6th, 2011

Who’s for kids and who’s just kidding?
David Britt and Lori Dorfman | The Hill | October 6th, 2011

Kids Marketing Guidelines Advocates Fight Back
Karlene Lukovitz | MediaPost News | October 5th, 2011

Coca Cola's latest predatory cartoon proves why voluntary advertising commitments are useless!
Yoni Freedhoff | Weight Matters | October 4th, 2011

Obama pressed to support restrictions on food ads for children
The Hill | September 27th, 2011

Big Food exerts unhealthy influence on America’s nutritionists
Grist | September 27th, 2011

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The New York Times | September 26th, 2011

Many healthy returns: a role for business in reducing lifestyle disease
The Guardian - The Sustainable Business Blog | September 23rd, 2011

Rogue food study typifies wasteful Fed: State reps slam IWG food marketing guidelines
Politico | September 23rd, 2011

Battle of commercial interests confound fight against noncommunicable diseases
Washington Post | September 21st, 2011

UN leader accuses big business of health cover-up
AFP | September 19th, 2011

Proponents of New Food Marketing Guidelines Win Senate Victory
Adweek | September 19th, 2011

Conflicts of interest and the UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases
The Lancet | September 19th, 2011

Offer of soda-industry funds fell flat, as it should have
Philadelphia Inquirer | September 14th, 2011

Republican House Leaders Call for Withdrawal of Food Marketing Guidelines
Broadcasting & Cable | September 14th, 2011

Bitter battle over corn syrup heads to LA court
Associated Press | September 13th, 2011

Proponents of New Food Marketing Guidelines Fighting Back
Ad Week | September 8th, 2011

Big Food Fights to Keep Kids Fat
Environmental Working Group | September 8th, 2011

Law Professors: Food Marketing Guidelines Do Not Violate First Amendments
Broadcasting & Cable | September 6th, 2011

Outrage explodes over 'diet' book for girls
USA Today | September 5th, 2011

Does Anyone Remember Life Before 'Ask Your Doctor' Ads on TV?
Huffington Post | August 26th, 2011

Govt-Led Efforts Targeting Eating Habits of Children Needed to Curb Global Obesity Epidemic
Science Daily | August 25th, 2011

The Kids Are Not All Right
The New York Times | August 25th, 2011

A diet book for six-year-old girls: the worst idea ever?
The Guardian | August 18th, 2011

Yale: Cereal Claims are Confusing
NBC Connecticut | August 17th, 2011

Parents Often Misled by Health Claims on Children’s Cereal Packages
Yale University | August 11th, 2011

Nutrition experts blame government for bad eating habits
CBS News | August 8th, 2011

More kids eating calorie-packed takeout food
USA Today | August 1st, 2011

Congress steps forward to challenge food-ad rules for children
Ad Week | July 29th, 2011

Senators bemoan food marketing restrictions
The Hill | July 28th, 2011

McDonald's to make Happy Meals more healthful
Los Angele Times | July 26th, 2011

Is Commercially-Prepared Food Responsible for Childhood Weight Gain?
Time | July 25th, 2011

America just keeps getting fatter
Los Angele Times | July 8th, 2011

Kids, Media and Childhood Obesity
The Sun Sentinel | July 7th, 2011

Chamber of Commerce assails proposed food marketing restrictions
The Hill | July 1st, 2011

Local Laws Fighting Fat Under Siege
The New York Times | July 1st, 2011

Lack of sleep contributing to obesity
Los Angele Times | June 30th, 2011

Obesity is caused by more than sitting on the couch.
CNN | June 27th, 2011

Food Industry And Health Experts Face Off Over Package Labeling
NPR | June 24th, 2011

Jack in the Box stops including toys in kids' meals
Los Angeles Times | June 21st, 2011

Revolting! Jamie Oliver wins battle of Los Angeles
The Independent | June 19th, 2011

Food makers resist lawmakers’ proposal for guidelines in marketing to children
The Washington Post | May 25th, 2011

Ronald McDonald Stays, Despite Growing Childhood Obesity In The USA
Medical News Today | May 23rd, 2011

McDonald's stockholders reject obesity report proposal
Reuters | May 19th, 2011

Sugary Drinks vs. Obesity: Power Politics In Action
International Business Times | May 17th, 2011

Mass. poll finds support for soda tax
The Boston Globe | May 12th, 2011

The truth about advertising junk food to children: It works
MedicalXPress | May 11th, 2011

Fast-food lobbies U.S. states on "Happy Meal" laws
Reuters | May 10th, 2011

Supe wants to ban flavored milk in LA schools
Fresno Bee | April 27th, 2011

Kids' 'screen time' linked to early markers for cardiovascular disease
Physorg | April 21st, 2011

What's Needed to Turn the Obesity Battle Around
Huffington Post | April 14th, 2011

Food Addiction? Beware of Advertising
Huffington Post | April 11th, 2011

Online Games New Marketing Tool for Unhealthy Foods
Science Daily | June 3rd, 2010

Same Street, Different World: ‘Sesame’ Turns 40
ALESSANDRA STANLEY | The New York Times | November 3rd, 2009

AMA Calls Time on Junk Food Ads
Danny Rose | Australian Assoicated Press | August 13th, 2009

TV Ads and Childhood Obesity
Mag Cruz Hatol | Manila Bulletin (Philippines) | August 8th, 2009

Alcohol, Then Tobacco. Now Fast Food?
Douglas MacMillan | BusinessWeek | June 30th, 2009

Health Groups Want Ban on Junk-Food Marketing Ploys
Daniella Miletic | The Age (Australia) | June 9th, 2009

Researchers Urge Crackdown on Junk Food TV Ads
Elke Bun | Reuters | May 8th, 2009

Hershey Sponsors Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Editor | | April 27th, 2009

'Results May Vary' Won't Be Enough Under New FTC Rules
Ira Teinowitz | Advertising Age | March 12th, 2009

FTC Could Set Standards for Food Marketing Aimed at Teens
Ira Teinowitz | Advertising Age | March 11th, 2009

McDonald's Courts Moms As Fast-Food Emissaries
Michael S. Rosenwald | Washington Post | November 20th, 2008

Study: Banning Fast-Food TV Ads Could Dent Obesity
Mike Stobbe | The Washington Times | November 20th, 2008

Australian Food Companies Agree Not to Push Junk on Kids
AFP | October 24th, 2008

Children's Ads Provide Junk Food for Thought
Kevin Freking | The Mercury | October 6th, 2008

Food Firms Under Fire Over 'Unhealthy' Cartoon Adverts
Ben Bailey | The Scotsman | October 1st, 2008

FCC Dissatisfied with Media’s Reluctance to Fight Childhood Obesity
Anna Carugati | | September 24th, 2008

Panel Hears Thoughts on Food Marketing to Kids
Emily Fredrix | The Washington Post | September 23rd, 2008

Michael Phelps Criticised for Frosted Flakes Sponsorship Deal
Darren Davidson | Brand Republic | August 22nd, 2008

Crying Foul over Online Junk Food Marketing
Catherine Holahan | BusinessWeek | August 12th, 2008

Junk Food Marketed to Kids is a $1.6 Billion a Year Business, Study Finds
My Fox Twin Cities | July 29th, 2008

FTC: Kids Target of $1.6 Billion in Food Ads
Kevin Freking | The Associated Press | July 29th, 2008

Does America Need Strong Laws to Fight Obesity? Yes
Susan Linn | The Charleston Gazette | July 13th, 2008

Junk Food Ads Find Web Home
Julian Lee | Sydney Morning Herald | April 16th, 2008

Council To Consider Junk Food Ad Ban For Kids
Metroland Durham Region Media Group (Canada) | April 9th, 2008

Fatty Food on the Tube a Large Problem
Jennifer Torres | The Record | March 26th, 2008

Food Industry Advertising Draws Fire From Children's Health Advocates
Eric Pfanner | International Herald Tribune | March 23rd, 2008

Groups Urge Limits on Food Ads for Kids
Julie Jargon | The Wall Street Journal | March 15th, 2008

Obesity Experts Back Junk Food Marketing Ban
Scoop Health | March 14th, 2008

McDonald’s Mom Panel Makes TV Debut
Amy Johannes | Promo | March 13th, 2008

Time to Stop Undermining Children with Ads
Dr. Melissa Perrin, Psy.D | Pioneer Press (Chicago Sun-Times Suburban News) | February 7th, 2008

Junk Food Ad Ban Comes into Force in Britain
Agence France-Presse | January 1st, 2008

Fast Food Gets its Greasy Hands on Report Cards
Julie Deardorff | Chicago Tribune | December 16th, 2007

Effort to Limit Junk Food in Schools Faces Hurdles
Kim Severson | The New York Times | December 2nd, 2007

Junk food ad limits 'not enough'
BBC News | November 12th, 2007

Just two hours of TV a day doubles risk of child obesity
Jenny Hope | Daily Mail | October 30th, 2007

Watching Food Ads on TV May Program Kids to Overeat
Tara Parker-Pope | Wall Street Journal | July 10th, 2007

Kellogg to Curb Marketing of Foods to Children
Andrew Martin | The New York Times | June 13th, 2007

Living Well: Food Biz Feeds Kids a Steady Marketing Diet
Bob Condor | Seattle Post-Intelligencer | April 4th, 2007

TV Ads Stress Children
Sean Scanlon | The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand) | January 2nd, 2007

In Diabetes Fight, Raising Cash and Keeping Trust
Marc Santora | The New York Times | November 25th, 2006

Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Open Letter to the US Congress
Michael Dansinger, MD, MS | Medscape General Medicine | February 16th, 2006

Report Links TV Ads and Childhood Obesity
Marian Burros | The New York Times | December 7th, 2005

Junk Food Nation: Who's to Blame for Childhood Obesity?
Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor | The Nation | August 11th, 2005

Public Policy Targeting Obesity
Ceci Connolly | Washington Post | August 10th, 2004

A Report: the Possibility That Ads Contribute to Obesity in Children; the Industry Begs to Differ
Nat Ives | The New York Times | February 24th, 2004

Maine Students to Lose Candy, Soda Machines
Tom Bell | Portland Press Herald | December 12th, 2003

State Becomes Sour on Sweets in School; Policy Aims to Reduce Student Obesity
Jeffrey Gilbert and Ruth Rendon | Houston Chronicle | August 6th, 2003

Advocates Push for More Healthy Foods in Schools
Susan Snyder | Philadelphia Inquirer | July 10th, 2003

New York City Cuts Back Fat and Sweets in School Meals
Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | June 24th, 2003

Changes Requested in Ads for Youth
Stuart Elliott | The New York Times | April 4th, 2003

S.F. Schools Join War on Obesity, Ban Junk Food; Soda, Candy to be Banished -- But Only from Cafeterias
Ray Delgado | San Francisco Chronicle | January 15th, 2003

Fast Food, Fat Kids
Gerald Hass | Boston Globe | December 23rd, 2002

Metro Schools Cancel Channel One
Natalia Mielczarek | The Tennessean | November 25th, 2002

CDC Ads Ask Children to Be Active --- Effort Targets Obese Kids, But Critics Want to Add Healthy Eating to the Mix
Suzanne Vrancia | Wall Street Journal | July 18th, 2002

Fighting Obesity And the Food Lobby
Kelly D. Brownell and David S. Ludwig | Washington Post | June 9th, 2002

Planet Twinkie and the Junk-Food Assault on our Kids
Joan Ryan | Bergen County Record (NJ) | May 30th, 2002

TEA Slaps Lid on School Junk Foods; New Guidelines are Instituted to Combat Child Obesity
Lucy Hood | San Antonio Express-News | May 2nd, 2002

Oakland Schools Ban Vending Machine Food
Kim Severson | San Francisco Chronicle | January 16th, 2002

Advertising to be Curbed in Schools; Policy Will Phase Out Channel One, Commercial Logos
Gregory Roberts | Seattle Post-Intelligencer | November 22nd, 2001

California Legislators Ban Sale of Junk Food in Elementary, Middle Schools
Bradley Weaver | North County Times | November 6th, 2001

Snack Foods Become Stars of Books for Children
David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times | September 22nd, 2000

School Board Ditches Contract with Coca-Cola
Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal | August 29th, 2000

Fight on Obesity Faces Hefty Commercial Problems
Marion Nestle | New York Newsday | June 22nd, 2000

External Links

California Project Lean's "Captive Kids: Selling Obesity at Schools"
An ACTION GUIDE to Stop the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages in School

Berkeley Studies Media Group: "Fighting Junkfood Marketing to Kids: A Toolkit for Advocates"

Kids and Advertising
A comprehensive website on advertising aimed at children.

Diabetes Association Defends Cadbury Schweppes Deal
Russell Mokhiber | Corporate Crime Reporter | May |

Fighting Obesity and the Food Lobby
Kelly Brownell and David Ludwig | Washington Post |

Relation Between Consumption of Sugar-sweetened Drinks and Childhood Obesity: a Prospective, Observational Analysis
Ludwig, Peterson, & Gortmaker, The Lancet | February 17, 2001

Childhood Obesity: Public Health Crisis, Common Sense Cure
Ebbeling, Pawlak, Ludwig, The Lancet | 2002-08-10

The Health Risks of Obesity: Worse than Smoking, Drinking or Poverty
R. Sturm, RAND Health |

Halting the Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Policy Approach
Nestle and Jacobson, Public Health Reports | January/February, 2000

Fast Food Restaurant Use Among Adolescents: Associations with Nutrient Intake, Food Choices and Behavioral and Psychosocial Variables
French et al., Int'l Journal of Obesity | (2001) 25, 1823-33

Soft Drinks in Schools
American Academy of Pediatrics | January, 2004

Prevalence and Trends in Overweight Among US Children and Adolescents, 1999-2000
Cynthia L. Odgen et al., JAMA | October 9, 2002

Effects of Fast-Food Consumption on Energy Intake and Diet Quality Among Children in a National Household Survey
Bowman et al., Pediatrics | January, 2004

The Role Of Media in Childhood Obesity
The Kaiser Family Foundation | February 24, 2004

Preventing Childhood Obesity by Reducing Consumption of Carbonated Drinks: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
Janet James et al., British Medical Journal

Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases
World Health Organization | 2003

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women
Matthias Schultze et al.,JAMA | August 25, 2004

Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?
Institute of Medicine |

Effects of Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Body Weight in Adolescents: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study
Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD, et al., Pediatrics, March 2006 |

Foods Sold in Competition with USDA School Meal Programs: A Report to Congress
U.S. Department of Agriculture | January 12, 2001