To the Editor: Australia has one of the highest levels of food advertising on television in the developed world,1 with most advertisements being for foods that are high in fat, sugar, and/or salt.2 Evidence from international reviews suggests that television food advertising has an independent effect on children’s food preferences and purchas
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Nutrition and Obesity
Children's television sub-standards: a call for significant amendments
Bridget P Kelly and Josephine Y Chau
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (1): 18.
Bridget P Kelly, BSc(Nutrition)Hons, Research Dietitian, NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity, NSW Centre for Public Health Nutrition
Josephine Y Chau, MPH, BSc(Hons), Research and Policy Officer, NSW Centre for Physical Activity and Health
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Institute of Medicine Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth; McGinnis JM, Appleton Gootman J, Kraak VI, editors. Food marketing to children and youth: threat or opportunity? Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2006.
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