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Do you think we should stop marketing junk food to children?

And marketing food full of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors,and basic convenience foods as being "healthy" and "family friendly"? Everything in moderation of course, but Hamburger Helper, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Chicken Nuggets and French Fries -- this is not healthy stuff to consume on a daily basis.

Asked By: pdooma - 10/20/2009
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No, I think that is stupid. The idea is, kids may see some cookies or candy or whatever on TV and say, "Gee mom, can we get some of that?" Then, mom is supposed to say, "No." It isn't the job of advertisers to protect our children. Their job is to sell a product. Unfortunately, because so many parents these days... More
Answered By: missbeans - 10/20/2009
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i think we should stop marketing to children, period, and market to adults, instead.
Answered By: desmeran (emeritus) - 10/20/2009
 
No. I'm tired of having my freedoms trounced upon for the "greater good... More
Answered By: MT - 10/20/2009
 
I understand what you mean! It really does make me laugh when I see McDonalds try to pass off their food as "health" food now. It's not... More
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Answered By: ✩Gabby✩ - 10/20/2009
 
Very much so
Answered By: Nina Lee - 10/20/2009
 
I agree with you. I once requested to do a paper on this in one of my child development classes, and my professor said no, claiming that this was not an important issue. It is a VERY important issue!!!!!!!!! Teaches kids to eat garbage.
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Answered By: snowangel_az - 10/20/2009
 
Junk food isn't - technically - marketed to children. Sure, it gets their attention one way or another, but unless you have a talented 6 year old, you - the parent - is the one shopping and buying their food... More
Answered By: shadowtalker1 - 10/20/2009
 
I agree about the marketing, but not all of the blame falls on marketing to children. As adults, some of us buy this stuff for convenience and price. It's not really children making the decisions to buy the items. The parents are choosing to.
Answered By: Penni - 10/20/2009
 
Yes, I hate this form of indirect marketing. Basically they're using our kids to bug the crap out of us to buy stuff that's "convenient" as opposed to healthy... More
Answered By: Bella - 10/20/2009
 
Although I agree with you for asking the question, the problem goes beyond just marketing. If you have a child in public school, you just described several of the items I see on their menu (repeatedly).
Answered By: yoak - 10/20/2009
 
I buy what I can afford. No one thinks dollar menu is healthy, but when money is tight and I don't feel like dropping 8 bucks on an organic (tiny) veggie pot pie, it does the trick! Everything in moderation is key. Parents are the deciding factor here, not kids.
Answered By: Elizabeth - 10/20/2009
 
sure healthy "real food" is more exspensive ( not really compared to price by volumn ..frosted flakes is alot more than steak) But if youre shopping.. whats more important to spend your money on than your health? ..Richest person in the world cant buy back his health
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Answered By: Thumbellina - 10/20/2009
 
No, I don't consider that a problem. What IS a real problem is that parents who do not do the job they CHOSE, parent the kids you decided to have.
Answered By: hoppykit - 10/20/2009
 
I swear I hate the character marketing on food packaging. I can recreate anything in the middle aisles to be healthier and taste so much better but dammit I can't recreate Sponge Bob noodles! I saw Mickey Mouse burgers today made with 80/20 beef! That's disgusting.
Answered By: Loppy - 10/20/2009
 
Yes I think we should stop marketing unhealthy food. We're Insha Allah going to have our own farm when my husband and I are old if Allah (SWT) gives us the life.
Answered By: shadow - 10/20/2009
 
It should be illegal. And if marketers had any sense they'd target the kids with healthy foods, if for only one reason, it cost more!
Answered By: ~MîKellî~ - 10/20/2009
 
Yes, we should stop viewing children as legitimate targets of any form of commercial marketing... More
Answered By: jerry_adams44 - 10/20/2009
 
YES ABSOLUTELY.
Answered By: jerry z - 10/23/2009
 
Healthy food is essential for good health and there is no better place to start to promote healthy living as with the kids.
Answered By: Billy Butthead - 10/24/2009
 
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