Would you vote for a Ban on Junk Food Advertising aimed at kids under 13?

I think that a ban / restriction is a good idea…in theory.

  • Advertisers would be free to continue to market to everyone over the age of 13
  • Childhood obesity is a growing problem around the world
  • Junk food is called junk food for a reason – it’s junk. And it contributes to making our kids fat, diabetic & lazy.
  • We already ban advertisers from targeting children from cigarette & alcohol.

Obviously, the biggest argument against this act is going to be the cry of “Nanny State”.

And while I agree that government at all levels need to be reminded periodically that their job is to serve the public and not attempt to control or re-engineer the public, we should also remember that the job of advertisers, marketers and manufacturers is to sell products & services to the public.

They have no responsibility to care for the health of our kids.

That’s the job of family.

And when Ontario’s families wanted to stop advertisers from targeting their kids with ads for booze & smokes, they used government legislation to ban the practice.

4 thoughts on “Would you vote for a Ban on Junk Food Advertising aimed at kids under 13?

  1. I actually take the Nanny State political position on many issues, but I think this is different in that pre-teens (and low-income minorities, btw) are targeted by this advertising at a much higher rate, and that over-exposure is certainly cruel & unfair to easily influenced minds. At best, I think there ought to be restrictions so as to level the playing field. Good luck to you folks!

  2. If I lived in Ontario I would sign and support this ban by getting everyone I know to sign, the situation is the similar down here in Los Angeles. Pre-teens and low income are targeted at exponentially higher rates. Ultimately I think we need to rememberthat food is a drug and can be dangerous to our health like cigarettes or alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol in the US are not allowed to be advertised toward an under aged target market. Can’t we do the same with junk food?

  3. Yes the responsibility is primarily with family, but our children are important and the old saying ” It takes a village…” is something that is missing in today’s society. The obesity stats say it all.

  4. While I don’t live in Ontario (Minnesota – close to Canada right? :)), I think that marketing toward youth is ridiculous. I like the way the previous poster said it. The responsibility ultimately lies in the home, but to target those who can’t necessarily understand the long-term implications of poor eating just isn’t right.

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