Jun 18th, 2007
I don’t have any children, so I’m not sure how this whole process works. But, processed food marketers seem to influence children as much cigarette manufactures influence teenagers. The only difference between the two products is a legal one, it is unlawful to sell cigarettes to minors under 18 years old. Meanwhile highly processed, fatty, sugary foods like cereal can be sold indiscriminately to unsuspecting parents to feed to their children. Both products are similar in that they have immediate and long term health risks such as obesity and lung cancer.
This article "Hey Kids, We’ve Got Sugar and Toys" sheds some light on this subject. (u.s. news)
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