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Food Marketing to Children – A Health Risk Needing Attention

Food Marketing to Children works for the Food Companies

“Current food and beverage marketing practices put children’s long-term health at risk.” National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, 2006

The overwhelming majority of foods marketed to children are of poor nutritional quality.

Three-quarters (73%) of the foods advertised on television shows intended for children are for convenience/fast foods and sweets.

On Nickelodeon, the most popular children’s television station, ads for foods of poor nutritional quality decreased only modestly from before self-regulation went into effect (2005) to after (2012), from about 90% to 70% of food ads.

Only one-quarter of chain restaurants that market to children have food marketing policies and none of those address toys. Yet, 97% of children’s meals at the top U.S. restaurant chains are of poor

CLICK HERE for a great handout from the Center for Science in the Public Interest

For more information, please visit www.foodmarketing.org HERE

SOURCE – Founded in 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is perhaps the oldest independent, science-based consumer advocacy organization with an impressive record of accomplishments and a clear and ambitious agenda for improving the food system to support healthy eating.

Consider this Easy Gift of Health this Xmas

It’s a wonderful chance to educate and inspire those we love to eat a little cleaner. I am so excited that I found an easy and healthy recipe WITH CHOCOLATE that I can make as a gift to my local friends and family. My Coconut Cacao Real Food Balls need no cooking and all the ingredients are Organic, Gluten Free and Non GMO. Click HERE for the recipe. I even made them in my kitchen this weekend as a gift I give you each step along the way.

I will deliver my delicious treats WITH the recipe because I KNOW people want to eat healthier and they think it is too hard! As a result my  little recipe card will inspire and motivate!

Most of these ingredients I bought from Costco which has become the number one seller of organic food in the country! Consequently, Costco has become one of my most favorite places to shop. Remember Costco’s selection varies by location and season!

When Food Is Love

Food is love. I just completed  a LIVE call with 20 participants in my September Sugar Buster Program.

The topic tonight was about our relationship to food  and how to heal it. I wanted  to share this topic with you as I don’t think many people are sharing this.

A book I recommend is by Geneen Roth and it is called “When Food Is Love“.

I the book, Geneen explores why many people overeat in an attempt to satisfy their emotional hunger, and why weight loss frequently just uncovers a new set of problems. But her welcome message is that change is possible. This book helped me break destructive, self-perpetuating patterns and learn to satisfy all the hungers—physical and emotional—that make us human.

Geneen’s personal story and those of her clients highlight the meaning of food addiction.

I shared tonight that my Sugar Buster Program is really about love. Loving ourselves enough to feed our body with the most nourishing diet that enlivens our lives. I asked a few questions tonight that you might find helpful for your own reflection.

      1. What role does food play in your  life?
      2. What role does food play in your emotional gratification?
      3. What insights have you gained this week about your relationship to food?
      4. What new habits would you like to start relating to food?
      5. What is weighting you down in your life?