25 May '12, 8pm

Food marketing and the childhood obesity problem: When big food companies market highly processed products to ki...

Food marketing and the childhood obesity problem: When big food companies market highly processed products to ki...

Imagine feeding your kids Cocoa Puffs for breakfast, Peter Pan crunchy peanut butter for lunch and a carnival corn dog and fries for dinner. You wouldn’t feel great about that, would you? Surely you wouldn’t consider it a healthy diet. And most likely you wouldn’t be shocked if your kid got a little chubby. Foods like these are among the many reasons why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control , the percentage of obese children aged 6 to 11 increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008. One of the truly sad facts about this great nation of ours is that about one-third of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese. It’s also a problem that will cost all of us, as government spending on health care continues to rise. Of course, we all know that kids eat too much food that is prepared...

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