May 9th, 2012
Institute of Medicine Wants Food Ad Standards Applied to Teens
By John Eggerton
Broadcasting & Cable
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academies has recommended that the government—state, local and national—consider mandating common standards for marketing food and beverages to children and teens if industry has not done so within the next two years. Currently voluntary efforts are aimed at kids under 12.
“The food, beverage, restaurant and media industries should take broad, common, and urgent voluntary action to make substantial improvements in their marketing aimed directly at children and adolescents aged 2-17,” said the institute in an advisory on combating obesity.
It argues that “all foods” marketed to that age group should encourage avoiding calories from foods high in sugar, fat and sodium, and instead eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains.