This is How Fast Food Commercials Lure Your Children

This is How Fast Food Commercials Lure Your Children

While adults are tempted by close up shots of a burger or salad, fast food companies use toys and movie tie-ins to reel in kids. This and other interesting findings are from a recent article published in PLos entitled How … Continue reading

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Jack in the Box Drops Toys from Kiddie Menu

Jack in the Box Drops Toys from Kiddie Menu

Something good is happening in the fast food industry. (That doesn’t happen very often, as followers of the Fooducate blog know.) Jack in the Box, the 5th largest burger chain in the country, announced that it has stopped packing toys … Continue reading

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Why the Happy Meal is a crime—and not just a culinary one

Why the Happy Meal is a crime—and not just a culinary one

This is a guest blog post by Michelle Simon. It originally appeared on Grist. When it comes to food, everybody’s got an opinion. Same goes for parenting. Mix the two together and you’ve got the makings of a culture war. … Continue reading

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Fighting Childhood Obesity Through Toys

Fighting Childhood Obesity Through Toys

Santa Clara County, in northern California, took a step yesterday towards reducing childhood obesity. The innovative measure – banning toys from being included as giveaways at fast food restaurants whose kiddie meals don’t meet healthy requirements. To quote an LA … Continue reading

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