Food advertisements are made to encourage the public to buy their company product. Since young children and teenagers are easily influenced by the media and their peers, they are persuaded into believing certain foods are cool and they do not realize the non nutritional value of the food they are consuming. ( Food advertising, 1). More than 60 percent of adults over the age of 20 are overweight, and one quarter are obese. Eleven percent of children are obese in the USA. These statistics show that people are not educated enough on the value of a nutritional diet. Because it is unrealistic to change or stop the advertising industry from promoting appetizing commercials and advertisements about food, we should educate the public about the dangers of obesity and the health risks that come along with eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis.
In our society, children view more than 100, 000 commercials that pertain to food each year. Television advertises a huge selection of sugar loaded snacks, cereals and other junk food for example, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King. It is obvious that, "The overall nutritional impact of television is not positive" (Bryan J, Zillion). Kids who watch Television tend to eat more snacks between mealtimes and participate in less cardiovascular activity. The public does not realize the health risks because the people pictured in the advertisements are appealing and make the food seem harmless. (Bryan J, Zillion)
Advertisements are found everywhere they are not only on TV. There are McDonalds and Burger King coupons advertised right out of the UD Field House. This is where Division I athletes are found working hard on their fit bodies trying to become CAA champions in many different sports. Because advertisers pay so much money to get their products out there athletes that don't know much about nutrition, may misconstrue an advertisement placement such as this and overlook the fact that... [continues]
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