Content of food advertising for young adolescents on television

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Setu Gupta ; Swati Kalra ; Jaya Shankar Kaushik ; Piyush Gupta (2017)
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
  • Journal: Indian Journal of Community Medicine, volume 42, issue 1, pages 43-45 (issn: 0970-0218, eissn: 1998-3581)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4103/0970-0218.199800, pmc: PMC5349003
  • Subject: food advertisement | Original Article | young adolescents | RA1-1270 | Public aspects of medicine | television | India
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Background: Food related advertisements on television may have a major influence on the dietary habits and obesity among young adolescents. Objective: To evaluate the frequency and typology of food advertisements on most popular television channels, watched by school-going young adolescents in Delhi. Methodology: Biphasic study to (a) identify the three television channels most frequently watched by administering a questionnaire to 400 school going young adolescents; and (b) view each of these channels for 2 hours per day for 6 days each, and observe the content of advertisements related to foods, beverages, and food outlets. Results: Four hundred and three food related advertisements were viewed over 36 hour on Discovery, MTV and Disney Channels. Among 235 food related advertisements 163 (69.3%) pertained to candies, chocolates and confectionary and 35 (14.8%) to salty snacks. Sugar sweetened soft drinks contributed 90 of 106 (85%) of beverage advertisements. Of 62 advertisements related to food outlets, 59 were of fast food joints. Conclusion: Majority of food advertising content on television most commonly watched by young adolescents is related to unhealthy foods and beverages, igh in energy and low in micronutrient content.
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