From today's online version of the Washington Post: Report Charges Junk Food Advertising Leads to Increased Obesity in Kids.
Advertising junk food on television has enticed children into eating massive amounts of unhealthy food, leading to a sharp increase in obesity and diabetes, according to a report issued today by a prestigious national science advisory panel [Institute of Medicine]..."There is strong evidence that exposure to television advertising is associated with" obesity, the report said.
"The dietary patterns of our children and youth put their health at risk," the report said. These patterns "have been reinforced if not encouraged by prevailing marketing practices" and any turnaround has to depend on aggressive and sustained leadership from the government, parents, schools and the food and beverage industries the report said. "This is a public health priority of the highest order."