As kids go back to school this year, a number of companies are hawking junk food online and through schools across the country.
Amazon.com is promoting Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers as "Favorites for Lunchboxes." Sunny Delight is urging families to buy sugar drinks through its Book Spree Program. And Pizza Hut's BOOK IT! Program is pushing fatty, salty pizza under the guise of encouraging reading.
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.