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Tuesday Talks: Should Government Regulate Food Advertising to Children?

Date: March 1, 2011

Times: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Maliaca Oxnam

Cost: Free


Join us for Tuesday Talks @ the University Libraries, an exciting lecture series that explores the wide ranging research interests at the University of Arizona.


Dale Kunkel, Professor of Communication in the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, will consider the question “Should Government Regulate Food Advertising to Children?” According to Kunkel’s research, children have heavy exposure to food marketing messages in the media, and the predominance of advertising for unhealthy products has been identified as a significant contributor to the childhood obesity crisis. Despite food industry pledges to advertise only healthy foods to children, research indicates that little has changed in terms of the nutritional quality of foods marketed to children on television. This lecture makes the case that restrictions on advertising of unhealthy food products to children should be adopted to help address the growing crisis of childhood obesity.