Food marketing and the childhood obesity problem

 

From Marc Gunther, GreenBiz

Imagine feeding your kids Cocoa Puffs for breakfast, Peter Pan crunchy peanut butter for lunch and a carnival corn dog and fries for dinner.

You wouldn’t feel great about that, would you?

Surely you wouldn’t consider it a healthy diet.

And most likely you wouldn’t be shocked if your kid got a little chubby.

Foods like these are among the many reasons why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the percentage of obese children aged 6 to 11 increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008.

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