food marketing

Healthy Living
These hidden junk food ads are making childhood obesity worse.
Healthy Living
By Susan Blumenthal, M.D. and Oliver Tang Obesity is an unrelenting public health problem in the United States today: over
Business
Smart marketing combined with a vision for a new kind of brand accelerated the trajectory of this wonderful challenger. And all of this, according to the article in Fast Company, grew Sabra hummus at an accelerated rate. Since the PepsiCo deal, Sabra's revenue has grown 400%.
Wellness
As we expect more from "healthy," we'll start making better choices and perhaps model for our children a better relationship with food marketing.
Wellness
Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse.
Los Angeles
"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children.
Wellness
Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."
Business
All we seem to hear from the major food corporations about marketing to children are self-serving promises and announcements of future changes. As public health lawyers, that got us wondering, who's making sure even these minimal commitments are being kept?
Wellness
These companies are not trying to make you healthy -- they are trying to sell you a product. With that in mind, let's take a look at a few ways these manufacturers can lure you into thinking their prepackaged, processed foods are better for you than they really are.
Politics
The first lady joked that some industry members may be waiting things out, figuring that "in a few years, this lady will be gone and this whole Let's Move thing will finally be over, so we can go back to business as usual." That's exactly what they are thinking.
Business
Restaurant executives have heard the message loud and clear: Marketing junk food to children is a scourge on their industry and any move that distances your company from such negative PR is a good thing
Business
Some argue that as long as we are up against such powerful forces, why not use cartoon characters to get kids to eat their veggies? But let's not confuse well-meaning adults trying to get kids to eat right with multi-national corporations targeting children to hook them on a lifetime of consumerism.
Parenting
* Only a handful of countries have robust regulations By Kate Kelland "Overweight is one of the biggest public health challenges
Wellness
I have seen this phenomenon quite a bit in my private practice. Clients often think that if a food is labeled with a healthy-sounding term, they can eat more. But of course, cookies are cookies, regardless of whether they are reduced-fat, organic, gluten-free, or labeled some other way.
Parenting
Children's health and well-being are essential to the future vitality and security of this country, and parents care deeply about their children's health. But, parents also know they are up against powerful commercial interests, and they are starting to get angry.
Business
I am often asked: Who in the food industry is doing it right? I am very happy to finally have an answer to that question.
Wellness
In creating products that will sell consistently, food manufacturers learned to walk a line between the extremes of an exciting first bite or sip and the utterly familiar. More than any other product, Coke had mastered this balancing act.
Wellness
My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.