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Kids, Food Ads, and The First Amendment

(Ed Uthman: Flickr)

(Ed Uthman: Flickr)

I know this is a health blog and not a law blog, but there’s certainly plenty of overlap. The Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of the Affordable Care Act springs to mind, for starters. Now, we have public health and the law intersecting over food marketing and children.

Since 2006 when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) filed its landmark report Food Marketing to Children and Youth, health advocates have been agitating to alter the mediascape of advertising children are immersed in every day. Food companies spend more than $1.6 billion [PDF] each year marketing food and beverages to children and teens. Continue reading