Start Date: October 2012

ID #: 70411

Principal Investigator: Dale Kunkel, PhD

Organization: University of Arizona

Funding Round: Round 7

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Research has established that children’s exposure to television ads for non-nutritious food products is a significant risk factor contributing to childhood obesity. The aim of this project is to continue an ongoing, independent evaluation of a food industry self-regulatory program known as the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI). Key research questions include: 1) How much food advertising is presented during children’s television programming? 2) What types of products are advertised to children? 3) What is the nutritional quality of foods advertised during children’s programming? 4) How well has self-regulation improved the nutritional quality of foods advertised to children? 5) Are licensed characters used strictly in advertising for healthy food products, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other public health advocates? 6) How well do foods advertised to children comply with the proposed federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) guidelines on food marketed to children?

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