n743656538 1740136 7857 - Health Groups Ask Nickelodeon to Limit Junk Food Ads

My in my Nickelodeon/Nick Jr. days—I’m the one freaking out in the orange bow

Though I don’t have TV now, I watched a lot of Nickelodeon as a kid, and some of the commercials are almost as memorable as the shows themselves. Because it was the late 80’s, early 90’s, I also remember being told every few hours that you can’t get AIDS from sharing a hot dog with someone.

Memory certainly is a strange thing, isn’t it?

Of the commercials that I remember most clearly, cereal and fruit snacks advertisements top the list. Though it’s been a while since I’ve watched children’s TV, it’s hardly news that the marketing of junk food to children hasn’t gotten any better.

More than 80 health groups, doctors, and nutritionists  just sent a letter urging Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom, to adopt stricter standards for its advertisers to children. On her blog, Food Politics, Marion Nestle, who was among the letter-writers, discusses the need for such standards and other efforts to develop guidelines.

What do you think of food advertisements on children’s television networks and/or food marketing to kids?