Indigenous peoples must look to the past to nourish our children

Globe and Mail

Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief of the Cree Nation, a residential school survivor, lawyer, and former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission writes a powerful OpEd published in today’s Globe and Mail on the intergenerational effect of residential schools and shifting food cultures. Littlechild proposes solutions to improve nutrition for Indigenous children including looking to tradition, positive role models and restricting junk food marketing to kids. Read article here

Jamie Oliver launches manifesto to cut childhood obesity in half as he welcomes government sugar tax

Daily Mail

Jamie Oliver is launching a social media campaign to extend the ban on advertisements for junk food and drink on TV to after the 9pm watershed – as well as restricting what children can see online or on billboards at stadiums and schools. Read full article

Commentary: I Work to Protect Kids’ Privacy. Here’s Why I’m Calling BS on Google

Fortune

“Kids need protection for the same reasons greedy marketers target them. Young children don’t understand the persuasive intent of advertising, so they don’t stand a chance at resisting it, and they’re forming brand preferences now that may last a lifetime. Marketers also know kids will pester parents to buy things, and that parents will give in—this is human nature, not parental failure. In order to target the extremely lucrative child market, companies vacuum up information on children’s preferences and browsing and viewing habits on websites and through Internet-connected toys and devices”. Read full article

How Big Sports Leagues Push Junk Food on Kids

Bloomberg

Kids and teens are seeing a lot of junk food ads while they’re watching sports, potentially creating associations between athletic feats and unhealthy fare, according to a new study.

Eighteen companies, including Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc., McDonald’s Corp., and General Mills Inc., have signed a pledge as part of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative to refrain from pushing unhealthy products to children younger than 12. Read article here

76% of sports sponsorships tied to junk food, study says The study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, reveals that 76% of food products shown in ads promoting a sports organization sponsorship are unhealthy and that 52.4% of beverages shown in sports sponsorship ads are sugar-sweetened. Sponsorship was measured by instances in which …

CNN 

Cheering on your favorite sports team and snacking on junk food often go hand in hand in the United States, but a new study sheds light on just how intertwined sports and unhealthy foods really are.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, reveals that 76% of food products shown in ads promoting a sports organization sponsorship are unhealthy and that 52.4% of beverages shown in sports sponsorship ads are sugar-sweetened. Read article here…
 

HFSS food ads mean teenagers eating 18000 extra calories a year, says new report

The Grocer

Exposure to junk food ads can lead to youngsters eating almost 340 extra calories per week, says Cancer Research UK. Read article here

Children are far from protected from junk food ads – especially on social media

The Conversation

“Social media platforms hold vast data banks on all their users, offering advertisers detailed menus of options for targeting ads. They do so not only with basic demographics such as age or location, but even psychological characteristics and preferences, increasing all consumers’ susceptibility to advertising.Platforms also use children’s data to hone ad targeting. They identify children who are most interested in or vulnerable to junk food and its advertising, thereby sharpening children’s vulnerability and posing profound ethical questions about the business of advertising persuasion in the 21st century. Read full article here… 

 

Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, new study finds

Toronto Star
Research supports that diet quality — cutting back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods — can help people lose weight most easily. Read full article here… 

Grocery stores and Canadians are bulking up on ultra-processed foods

Toronto Star

Far too many products on store shelves are giving us lots of calories but little nutrition

“In the past 70 years, calories from ultra-processed foods have doubled from 24 per cent to 54 per cent of family food purchases,” writes Jean-Claude Moubarac. “Not surprisingly, most of these foods are branded assertively, packaged attractively and marketed extensively, especially to our children. And they are everywhere, often at very low prices”. Read full article…

Cigarette companies don’t sponsor the Olympics. Why does Coca-Cola?

The Guardian

The Olympics is one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Why is it associated with products that can lead to obesity?

The Olympic stories written over the next weeks will inspire many of those kids to put on their first pair of skates or skis. These images will also be interrupted every other minute by advertisements from official sponsors like Coca-Cola and partners like McDonalds, the very companies that provide the food products that could be the biggest obstacle not only to becoming an Olympic athlete, but also to living a healthy and happy life….

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