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TV Food Advertising Affects Preschoolers’ Snacking Habits

A new study examines how food advertisements affect the snacking habits of preschoolers—learn more here.


Randomized Exposure to Food Advertisements and Eating in the Absence of Hunger Among Preschoolers is a new study that examines the effects food advertisements have on the snacking habits and diets of preschool aged children. The research for this study involved 60 children ages 2-5 years from New Hampshire and Vermont. Each child was given a filling snack before they were asked to watch a 14 minute children’s program. During the program, children were provided free snacks. One program had food advertisements and one did not. The authors found that the children viewing the program with food ads ate more snacks during the program than those without the food ads. Read the full study here to learn more.