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Limiting Food Marketing to Kids Could Do Harm

Letters to the Editor: USA Today Opposing view writer Josh Golin definitively states: “Food marketing plays a significant role in the childhood obesity epidemic. … More than 100 studies confirm that it works.” One must ask to which studies is Golin referring? There is no correlative evidence between marketing trends and obesity rates among children […]

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Healthy Food is Hard to Find in Barry Farms

Letters to the Editor: The Washington Post Katherine Mangu-Ward made several valid points in her Oct. 16 Outlook piece, “5 Myths about healthy eating.” However, the notion that poor families lack access to nutritious foods is not the stretch she makes it out to be. Take, for example, Barry Farms, in the District’s Ward 8. In many […]

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A More Constructive Approach to Fighting Childhood Obesity

Published in The Huffington Post, 10/12/11 A recent column by Huffington Post contributor Donald Cohen would lead readers to believe that the food industry — and anyone else who disagrees with the government’s proposed guidelines on the marketing of food to children — simply doesn’t care about our nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. Mr. Cohen […]

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Silly Government, Parenting Is for Parents

Published in The Hill, 10/12/11 There has been ample debate lately about who is really committed to making our children healthier. The argument goes something like this: If food manufacturers were seriously concerned about children’s health, they would make parents’ jobs easier by getting rid of the cartoonish characters they’ve used since the 1950s […]

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Battle Over Food Marketing Restrictions Heats Up

By Julian Pecquet Published 10/05/11 in The Hill Anti-obesity advocates are putting pressure on federal officials to follow through with tough voluntary guidelines for food marketing to children. Seven advocacy groups, including the American Heart Association, are sponsoring an ad in Capitol Hill publications Thursday urging the Obama administration to “stand by kids and release strong marketing […]

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Smart Government and Childhood Obesity


PUBLICATION: A Question of Smart Government and Understanding Childhood Obesity, Poverty, and Access to Healthy and Affordable Foods Download the Executive Summary here (PDF Format) Download the Paper here (PDF Format) Download the Press Release here (PDF Format) About the Smart Government Project This publication is a product of the Bernard Center’s Smart Government Project. […]

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Food Marketing Is Not the Answer to Obesity

Letters to the Editor: the Washington Examiner While childhood obesity is a serious problem, food marketing is not the culprit. Parents are ultimately in control, and this week’s announcement that McDonald’s is offering a slimmed-down version of the Happy Meal is a great example of that fact. Apple dippers have been offered since 2004, and […]

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The Slippery Slope of “Voluntary” Guidelines

As parents across the country prepare to send their children back to school, the all-important question, “What should I put in the lunchbox?” looms.  And the federal government just might have something to say about that. For example, you might not want to pack PB&J. Although it’s a perennial favorite of kids and parents, an […]

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Food Ban Would Be Costly, Absurd

Letters to the Editor: The Washington Times am in total agreement with Beth Johnson’s Aug. 8 Commentary column, “Enough to make you lose your appetite.” Proposed restrictions on food marketing, designed by a government interagency working group, have little, if any, rationale considering the food they would end up targeting. Focusing entirely on sodium, potassium and […]

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