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What's wrong with marketing food to children?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
I am among those who feel that food marketing to children is a serious problem and is in need of substantial reform through voluntary restraint (I advise against holding your breath!) or regulation. Foods marketed most aggressively are unfailingly -- as innumerable studies show -- of fairly poor nutritional quality. The foods kids are coaxed into loving, in other words, are the least likely to love them back -- and will instead accelerate their progress toward obesity, and even diabetes. And the contest between a 6-year-old and a highly paid advertising executive is unfair by any standards.

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