Nearly 80 percent of food ads on Nick are for junk food

Center for Science in the Public Interest in its report “Most Food Ads on Nickelodeon Still for Junk Food” notes that nearly 80 percent of food ads on the popular children’s network Nickelodeon are for foods of poor nutritional quality.

That represents a modest and not quite statistically significant drop from 2005, when CSPI researchers found that about 90 percent of food ads on Nick were for junk food. Between the 2005 and 2009 studies, the food industry instituted a self-regulatory program through the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI).

CSPI also examined the practices of the food companies that participate in that self-regulatory program. Of the 452 foods and beverages that companies say are acceptable to market to children, CSPI found that 267, or nearly 60 percent, do not meet CSPI’s recommended nutrition standards for food marketing to children.

Food Ads on Nickelodeon Slammed in Report – CBS News

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