A crisis in the marketplace: how food marketing contributes to childhood obesity and what can be done.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Reducing food marketing to children has been proposed as one means for addressing the global crisis of childhood obesity, but significant social, legal, financial, and public perception barriers stand in the way. The scientific literature documents that food marketing to children is (a) massive; (b) expanding in number of venues (product placements, video games, the Internet, cell phones, etc.); (c) composed almost entirely of messages for nutrient-poor, calorie-dense foods; (d) having harmful effects; and (e) increasingly global and hence difficult to regulate by individual countries. The food industry, governmental bodies, and advocacy groups have proposed a variety of plans for altering the marketing landscape. This article reviews existing knowledge of the impact of marketing and addresses the value of various legal, legislative, regulatory, and industry-based approaches to change.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harris, JL; Pomeranz, JL; Lobstein, T; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • January 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 /

Start / End Page

  • 211 - 225

PubMed ID

  • 18976142

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-2093

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-7525

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.031308.100304


  • eng