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Fast Food Restaurants Not Fighting Childhood Obesity
CBS Evening News, November 8, 2010

Report: Fast-Food Chains Increase Targeting Our Kids
AOL News, November 8, 2010

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
L.A. Times, November 2, 2010

'Happy Meal' Legislation Will Be Back for Seconds
San Francisco Weekly, September 28, 2010

Kids in Their Sights
National Post, August 27, 2010

S.F. Proposal: Healthier Kids Meals or No Toys
San Francisco Chronicle, August 11, 2010

Senate Passes Child Nutrition Act
New York Times, August 5, 2010

Junk Food Advertising Needs Watershed Ban
UK Telegraph, July 26, 2010

Energy Drinks Pose Serious Health Risks to Kids: Canadian Medican Journal
The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2010

Leading Doctors Call for Urgent Crackdown on Junk Food
The Guardian, July 11, 2010

Happy Meal Lawsuit Update: Is McDonald's Playing Games with Nutrition Facts?
CCFC Blog, July 11, 2010

McDonald's Facing Potential Lawsuit for Luring Kids In With Toys - It's About Time
CCFC Blog, July 5, 2010

How Did PepsiCo's CEO Infiltrate the RW Johnson Foundation's Report on Obesity?
CCFC Blog, July 1, 2010

Scooby-Doo Salad? No Thanks.
CCFC Blog, June 28, 2010

'Want Fries With That' Assumed, Not Ask for McDonald's Happy Meals
USA Today, June 22, 2010

Cartoon Characters Affect Kids' Food Choices
CBC News, June 21, 2010

Sugary Sports Drinks: Soon Leaving a School Near You?
LA Times, June 16, 2010

WHO Targets Child Obesity with Food Marketing Curbs
Reuter, May 20, 2010

McDonald's Says It Won't Retire Ronald
Chicago Breaking Business, May 20, 2010

White House Task Force Issues Report on Fighting Childhood Obesity
Washington Post, May 12, 2010

The Food Industry Follows Big Tobacco's Playbook
Diversity Inc, May 4, 2010

Happy Meals Given the Chop
Sydney Morning Herald, April 30, 2010

Happy Meal Toys Could Be Banned in Santa Clara County
L.A. Times, April 27, 2010

BK's Mock Mimosa Stirs Trouble
AdWeek, April 22, 2010

Slim Chances: A Pound of Cure
Battle Creek Enquirer, April 19, 2010

Risks for Youths Who Eat What They Watch
New York Times, April 19, 2010

Down on the Clown
Huffington Post, April 9, 2010

Food Fight Revisited
Washington Post, April 6, 2010

Unhealthy Habit: Both Obamas Are Way Too Ready to Partner with Big Players Who Keep U.S. Sick
NOW Magazine, March 24, 2010

Behind the Shady World of Marketing Junk Food to Children, March 23, 2010

Despite Press Releases, PepsiCo Not Abandoning Schools, March 20, 2010

Most Food & Entertainment Companies Get Failing Grade for Policies on Marketing Food to Children
Center for Science in the Public Interest, March 9, 2010

Cross-promotions Replace TV Junk Food Advertising
Australian Food News, March 3, 2010

Hey, Kids, Look! Look! Over here! Buy This Food-Like Product! Kids! Yoo-hoo!
LA Times, February 25, 2010

MD Critical of Coke's Olympic Sponsorship
CBC News, February 16, 2010

Child 'Mini-Marketeers' Paid by Junk Food Firms to Secretly Push Products Among Their Friends
Mail Online, February 15, 2010

Online Advertising Easily Influences Teens to Eat More Junk Food
Natural News, February 14, 2010

Soda: A Sin We Can Sip Instead of Smoke?
New York Times, February 12, 2010

Movies Loaded With Images of Junk Food
The Palm Beach Post, February 11, 2010

Cutting the Fat From Advertising
ABC News Australia, February 11, 2010

Child Obesity Risks Death at Early Age, Study Finds
New York Times, February 10, 2010

Childhood Obesity: It's Not the Amount of TV, It's the Number of Junk Food Commercials
Science Daily, February 9, 2010

Study: 3 Family Habits May Fight Childhood Obesity, February 8, 2010

Pact to Limit Sugary Cereals to Kids Not Worth Its Salt
Chicago Tribune, January 20, 2010


Food Ads on Nickelodeon Slammed in Report
CBS News, November 24, 2009

Kids' Programming Disproportionately Heavy on Junk Food Ads
Food Navigator USA, November 5, 2009

House Health-Care Bill Would Require Restaurants to Post Calorie Counts; Separate Bill Would End Tax-Deduction for Children's Ads
Ad Age, November 2, 2009

Critics Blast Kellogg's Claim That Cereal Can Boost Immunity
USA Today, November 2, 2009

Doctors Resign from American Academy of Family Physicians over Coca-Cola Alliance
Kansas City Business Journal, October 30, 2009

Study Finds Least Nutritious Cereals Most Heavily Marketed to Kids
USA Today, October 25, 2009

Food Industry Seeks to Maintain Junk Food Marketing in Schools
CSPI, September 23, 2009

NY Health Commish Says "Nada" Over Marketing to Kids
Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2009

Alcohol, Then Tobacco. Now Fast Food?
BusinessWeek, July 1, 2009

Hollywood Continues Its Fast-Food Binge
BrandWeek, June 6, 2009

FTC Could Set Standards For Food Marketing Aimed At Teens
Advertising Age, March 11, 2009


The Junk Food Wars
National Post, January 27, 2009

Junk Food Ads Drop by Third - Ofcom
Media Week, December 17, 2008

Junk Food Advertisement Bans
Herald Sun, October 24, 2008

British Junk-food Ads Targeting Children Drop
Media Week , October 13, 2008


Pressure to Cut Calories From School Vending Machines

Food Navigator USA, October 6, 2008


Children's Ads Provide Junk Food for Thought
The Mercury, October 6th, 2008


Curbing advertising will cut obesity

The Australian, September 06, 2008


Report: Cereals Not As Healthy As Claimed

New Straight Times, September 5, 2008


PBS characters promote produce in Florida schools

The Packer, September 4, 2008


Is Cartoon Character Advertising Making American Kids Fat?
NaturalNews, October 3, 2008


Marketing Contribute to Obesity in African-Americans

AdAge, August 28, 2008


Sara Lee Sells Whole Grain Image To Teens

MediaPost, August 28, 2008


Obama May Take Softer Approach on Kids' Obesity

AdAge, August 25, 2008


FTC Commissioner Tackles Ads for Kids --- Official Leads Charge For Food, Drink Firms To Regulate Themselves

Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2008


Study Slams IOC Sponsorship Policies

AdWeek, August 19, 2008


Crying Foul over Online Junk Food Marketing

Business Week,  August 12, 2008


Some 'kids' meals' pack whole day's serving of calories

USA Today, August 4, 2008


BK Markets to Young Hispanics

QSR Magazine, July 30, 2008


Tug of War in Food Marketing to Children

The New York Times, July 30, 2008


Kids get a taste of food-related advertising online

Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2008


Kids’ Activists, Critics React to FTC Report

Broadcasting & Cable, July 29, 2008


Carvel, Kraft Join Youth Soccer Tour

PROMO Magazine, July 28, 2008


Kids' foods are high on fun but low on nutrition, says U of C

Calgary Herald, July 15, 2008


McDonald's Promotes Olympic Sponsorship with New Menu Items, Kids’ Program

Promo, July 3, 2008


Burger King Readies Apple Fries Sampling, New Kids Meal Push

Promo, July 1, 2008


Studios Push Summer Movies with Pizza Promotions

Promo, July 1, 2008


Kellogg Gives Some Of Its Cereals A Makeover

CNN Money, 6/12/08


Cookies' place is crumbling to fruit as top kids' snack

USA Today, 6/11/08


Kmart Boosts 'Incredible Hulk' With Burger King Tie-in

Marketing Daily, 6/9/08


McDonald's Kicks Off Latest Round Of Kung Fu Marketing

MarketingDaily, 6/5/08


Crayons to Push ‘Pink Lemonade Brigade’

Promo, 6/5/08


Call for tobacco-style controls on junk food (NZ), 6/4/08


Safeway and Looney Tunes Food

Forbes, 6/4/08


Childhood Obesity Levels Off, Pressure on Advertisers Remains (Media Daily News, 5/29/08)


Korea: Junk Food Ads to Be Bumped From Prime-Time TV (Korean Times, 5/27/08)


Childhood Obesity May Be Leveling Off (HealthDay News, 5/27/08)


Cheetos Ads That Promote 'Random Acts' Are Irresponsible (Advertising Age, 5/26/08)


Indiana Jones and the kingdom of fat kids (Salon, 5/21/08)


Coke, Pepsi Vow to Eliminate Worldwide Marketing to Kids Under 12 (Promo, 5/21/08)


Obesity concern over Indiana Jones film marketing (, 5/19/08)


Parents want junk food ads banned (The Australian, 5/19/08)


Burger King Backs Jonas Brothers Tour (Promo, 5/16/08)


Burger King Promotes “Indy” Movie (Promo, 5/15/08)


Interview with McD's CMO Mary Dillon (Brandweek, 5/4/08)


Mars Snackfoods Supports ‘Indy’ Film (Promo Magazine, 4/29/08)


Children's cereals less healthy (Chicago Tribune, 4/25/08)


Group Asks Burger King To Pull 'Iron Man' Kids' Meal Toy (MediaPost, 4/25/08)


Burger King Brands Subscription Mobile Games (Promo Magazine, 4/24/08)


More talk needed on junk food ban: councillor (Durham Region, 4/22/08)


New code on ads a toothless tiger, say critics (Sydney Morning Herald, 4/17/08)


Ads 'make healthy diet difficult' (The Press Association, 4/17/08)


Junk food ads find web home (Sydney Morning Herald, 4/16/08)


Research: Teens Name Coke, McD's As Faves In New Study (Brandweek, 4/7/08)


Six Flags Announces Multi-Brand Partnership with Kraft Foods (Food Business Review, 4/8/08)


Study ties bedroom TV to unhealthy habits in teens (Reuters, 4/7/08)


Junk food ads, sugary rewards lead to fatter kids (The Free Lance-Star, 4/6/08)


More children are watching junk-food adverts despite ban (The Independent, 4/7/08)


Is TV to blame for fat epidemic? (Toronto Star, 3/8/08)


TV ads and obese kids (The Star, 3/4/08)


TV and Computer Limits Make Kids Slimmer (Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08)


Burger King Agrees To Kids' Marketing Rules In Europe (Marketing Daily, 2/25/08)


T.O. health officer: Ban sugary ads that target kids under 13 (Toronto Sun, 2/23/08)


Liverpool set to ban McDonald's Happy Meals in a bid to cut childhood obesity (Daily Mail UK, 2/24/08)


A third of Year 6 children are overweight (Times Online, 2/22/08)


Fast Food Ads Fueling Obesity Among Hispanic Kids (US News & World Reports, 2/21/08)


Restaurant Fundraiser A McShock For Official

Washington Post, 2/3/2008


McDonald's was right to pull plug on Happy Meals promotion

Orlando Sentinel, 1/21/08


Call for ban on junk food ads in games

The Scotsman, 1/22/08


McDonald’s Ending Promotion on Jackets of Children’s Report Cards

New York Times 1/18/08


Pepsi tackles childhood obesity with videogames in Mexico

The Guardian Unlimited, 1/2/08


Schools should ditch partnerships with McDonald's

Tucson Citizen, 1/2/08

Junk food firms use web to lure children

UK Telegraph, 1/1/08


Junk food advertising ban ‘not enough’ to help kids

Western Mail, 1/1/08


Fast food gets its greasy hands on report cards (Chicago Tribune, 12/16/07)


Food companies sign EU ad pledge (UK Guardian, 12/11/07)


Seminole students get McDonald's bonus on report cards (Orlando Sentinel, 12/6/07)


Straight A's, With a Burger as a Prize (New York Times, 12/6/07)


Eat, drink and be miserable (The Guardian, 12/3/07)


Consumer groups bite back on a global scale (ABC News, 11/1/07)

TV-hypertension link could fan kid food ad debate (Food Navigator, 10/31/07)

CCFC to McDonald’s:  Stop Selling Sex with a Side of Fries (or Apple Dippers) (CCFC Press Release, 10/16/07)

Nestle, Dannon non-committal could lead to regulations (Food Navigator, 10/12/07)

ConAGra To limit food ads to kids (Broadcasting & Cable, 10/4/07)

Market shift could benefit kids' licensed foods, report (Food Navigator, 10/2/07)


Surroundings contribute to teen obesity (USA Today, 9/24/07)


Junk Food Report Due in Congress (Broadcast and Cable, 9/17/07)


Burger King Introduces Fruity Side as It Agrees to Limits on Kid-Aimed Ads (AdAge, 9/11/07)


Another Study Slams Food Ads Aimed at Children (AdAge, 9/4/07)


Selling to Kids - Virtually (Channel, 9/4/07)


Kids seem to respond to licensing of product (AP, 8/31/07)


Doctors Skeptical of Food Industry Ad Pledge (ABC News, 8/24/07)


Poll Shows Growing Concern About Role of Advertising in Child Obesity (Wall Street Journal, 8/21/07)


Cartoon characters labeled food villains (Guardian, 8/21/07)


Here Comes 'Halo 3' with a Side Order of Fries (Wall Street Journal, 8/9/07)


FTC Issues Subpoenas to Food Marketers (Adweek, 8/10/07)


Marketing tricks tots' taste buds (AP, 8/6/07)


We are coming for your children (The Guardian, 7/31/07)


Fury over 'violent' robot gift for kids (Daily Mirror, 7/30/07)


Diet Soda, Metabolic Syndrome Linked (LA Times, 7/24/07)


Big Food Cuts $1B in Kid Ads; Pols' Hunger Still Not Sated (Adage, 7/23/07)


Limiting Ads of Junk Food to Children (New York Times, 7/18/07)


Markey Says Marketers Won't Follow Kellogg's Lead (Broadcasting & Cable, 7/11/07)


Watching Food Ads on TV May Program Kids to Overeat (Wall Street Journal 7/10/07)


Food Marketers Seem Set to Unveil Kids-Advertising Guidelines (, 7/6/07)


Crackdown on children's ads (Australia) (Sydney Morning Herald, 6/10/07)


Promoting a Thirst for Sprite in Teenage Cellphone Users (New York Times, 6/7/07)


Advocacy Group Says Nickelodeon Should Ditch Junk Food Ads (Emax News, 6/6/07)


Congress Will Join Federal Agencies In Seeking Action On Food Marketing To Kids (Broadcast and Cable, 5/22/07)


FTC Urged To Probe Digital Food Marketing To Kids (Media Post, 5/17/07)


Harkin critical of Shrek for promoting junk food (Radio Iowa, 5/17/07)


The Hard Sell: Marketing to Kids (CBS News, 5/14/07)


Shrek shills dietary dreck -- dump him (Chicago Sun Times, 4/30/07)


Advocacy Group: Drop Shrek From Anti-Obesity Ads (AP, 4/26/07)


Obesity Fear Frenzy Grips Food Industry (Adage, 4/23/07)


Markey Wants to Put Kids TV On Ad Diet (Broadcast and Cable, 4/17/07)


FTC Takes Issue with Food Marketing to Kids ( 4/17/07)


The Ultimate 'Halo 3' Accessory: Mountain Dew (, 4/16/07)


KFC Generates Buzzz (NY Post, 4/12/07)


Junk food ad ban comes into force in UK (Food Navigator, 04/02/07)


Living Well: Food biz feeds kids a steady marketing diet (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/01/07)


A deal with the devil:  Schools unable to alter soda contracts (Toldeo Blade, 4/1/07)


Forget Big Tobacco, Big Food Kills (Truthdig, 3/29/07)

Study Finds Food Is Top Product Advertised to Kids (Washington Post, 3/28/07)

Soda drinkers consume more calories (USA Today, 3/26/07)

Krispy Kreme unfairly targeting kids, says group (AP Food Technology, 3/20/07)

Critics target Pizza Hut BOOKIt! Program (AP, 3/2/07)


Snack-Ad Attack (Christian Science Monitor, 2/9/09)

M&M's maker to stop marketing to kids (, 2/05/07)


Shrek Flip-flops in Obesity Fight (, 1/30/07)

Fruit shown on label often not in the box, kids' food study says (SF Chronicle, 1/26/07)

Beverage research tied to corporate dollars (Boston Globe, 1/9/07)

Burger King Sets High Score With Its Adver-games (, 1/8/07)


Weak-willed food makers need a prod (Albany Times Union, 12/3/06)


McDonald's trying a new play on PlayPlace (Chicago Tribune, 12/2/06)


Revealed: Secret tricks to sell junk food to children (Scotsman, 11/24/06)


Call for children's food ad curbs  (BBC, 11/03/06)


Disney's PR Strategy Unhealthy for 'Little Consumers' (Alternet, 10/19/06)


New Disney Rules Limit Character Use in Kids' Foods (Television Week, 10/17/06)


Review Of Kids Ad Rules Getting Messy (Brandweek, 10/16/06)


TVs in bedrooms may make kids fat (CanWest 10/16/06)


Diddy inks promotional deal with Burger King (Miami Herald, 10/10/06)


Study: Advertisements for high-fat foods permeate TV targeting toddlers (AP, 9/30/06)


Industry: Updated Children's Ad Guidelines Needed Now (Media Post, 9/26/06)


Court Allows McDonald's Food Fight (New York Law Journal, 9/21/06)


Exploitative Internet marketing fuels child obesity (Reuters, 9/5/06)


Study urges cutback in soda  (Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 8/9/06)


How Advertising Is Becoming Child's Play (Science News Online, 7/29/06)


Sodas win over health in public schools (Mississippi Clarion Ledger, 7/25/06)


Brownback Doesn't Back Kids Marketing Mandates (Broadcasting & Cable, 7/21/06)


Is it a game or an advertisement? (Chicago Tribune, 7/20/06)


Food groups increase use of internet to target children (Financial Times, 7/19/06)


Social responsibility of Coca-Cola questioned (Atlanta Journal-Constiution, 7/18/06)


Burger King Movie in the Works (, 7/10/06)


The "Other" Child Predators: Advertisers (, 7/9/06)


Surgery With a Side of Fries (New York Times, July 6, 2006)


Getting the Kids Hooked on Starbucks (Wall Street Journal, 6/27/06)


Coke slots in extras to new machines (Financial Times, 6/26/06)


Food makers target kids' sense of cool (, 6/24/06)


Fifth-graders study, analyze, create ads (Columbia Daily Tribune, 5/30/06)


Why Hollywood Studios Can't Kick the Junk-Food Habit (, 5/19/06)


M&M math for fat kids (La Times, 5/15/05)


Caffeine: The Last Vice Standing (Brandweek, 5/13/05)


Junk-food Pushers on Defensive as Kids’ Advocates Push Back (New Standard, 5/8/06)


Fed Obesity Report Seen as Boon To Self-Regulation (Brand Week, 5/8/06)


Soda Deal with Clinton Foundation Latest PR Stunt (5/5/06)


Stuff the kids by Eric Schlosser (The Guardian, 4/24/06)


Industry lobbying 'derailed junk food ban' (The Guardian, 4/22/06)


Burger King's 'King' to Star in Video Games (Advertising Age, 4/14/06)


Proved: TV Leads to Junk Food Diet (London Times, 4/9/06)


Bill Strikes at Low-Nutrition Foods in School (New York Times, 4/6/06)


Children's Demands for Toys and Food Increase With TV Time, Researchers Say (San

Francisco Chronicle, 4/4/06)


Ofcom proposes ban on kids' junk food ads (The Guardian, 3/28/06)


Internet used to push fast food to children, say campaigners (The Guardian, 3/27/06)


Senator makes waves with anti-obesity campaign (Financial Times, 3/14/06)


Food industry not responsive to obesity, claims report (Food Navigator, 3/6/06)


Soda targeted in fight against obesity (Associated Press, 3/5/06)


Selling Junk Food to Toddlers (New York Times, 2/23/06)


Parents, teachers deal with trend of aggressive marketing to kids (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2/19/06)


Stop undermining parents (USA Today, 2/19/06)


McDonald's & Disney: Fat & happy (Philadelphia Daily News, 2/10/06)


Time to kick kid ads in the square pants  (NY Daily News, 2/5/06)


Food is a curse - and a cure (Cape Cod Times, 2/5/06)


Suing the Pants Off SpongeBob (Alternet, 1/31/06)


Europe Limits School Soft Drink Marketing (AdAge, 1/31/06)


Food Giants Accused of Underhand Tactics to Target Child Customers (The Independent,



SpongeBob, Kellogg Get The Big Squeeze (Brandweek, 1/24/06)


East Meets West, Adding Pounds and Peril (New York Times, 1/12/06)



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