With one-third of kids overweight or obese, should U.S. taxpayers be subsidizing junk food marketing to children? Under current tax law, companies are allowed to deduct expenses for marketing unhealthy foods to kids.
Legislation pending in Congress would prohibit companies from doing so. We need your support to end taxpayer subsidies for junk food marketing to children. Please urge your members of Congress to support tax policies that encourage healthy eating habits and cosponsor the Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act.
The Food Marketing Workgroup (FMW) is a network of more than 200 organizations and academic experts dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing -- particularly marketing aimed at those who are most vulnerable to obesity and other nutrition-related diseases -- by actively identifying, investigating, and advocating changes to marketing practices that undermine health.
The FMW fosters ideas and momentum around national, state, and local strategies. It serves as a forum for researchers and advocates to share information, support one another’s work, and identify priorities for research and action.
McDonald's recently announced it would no longer list soda on its kids' menu. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's, and Panera also don't offer soda on their children's menus. But most of the top chains, including Wendy's, Burger King, and Chili's, still promote sugary beverages to kids. Will you help us change that?
Soda and other sugary drinks uniquely promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They are also the largest source of calories in kids' diets.