For Congress, the Administration, and other federal policy makers, working with entertainment media, potential actions include

  providing a sustained source of funding for a major national social marketing program on physical activity and nutrition; and

  designating a lead agency to guide and oversee the federal program and appointing a small advisory group of physical activity, nutrition, and marketing experts to recommend message and audience priorities for the program; ensuring that the program includes a balance of messages on physical activity and nutrition, and on both individual behavior change and related environmental change goals; and exploring all forms of marketing, including message placement in popular entertainment, viral and social marketing, and multiplatform advertising—including online, outdoor, radio, television, and print.

For foundations, working with state, local, and national organizations and the news media, potential actions include

  enhancing the social marketing program by encouraging and supporting the news media’s coverage of obesity prevention policies through the development of local and national media programs that engage individuals in the civic debate about local, state, and national-level environmental and policy changes, including such steps as providing resources to enable journalists to cover these issues and enhancing the expertise of local, state, and national organizations in engaging the news media on these issues.

Strategy 3-2: Implement common standards for marketing foods and beverages to children and adolescents. The food, beverage, restaurant, and media industries should take broad, common, and urgent voluntary action to make substantial improvements in their marketing aimed directly at children and adolescents aged 2-17. All foods and beverages marketed to this age group should support a diet that accords with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in order to prevent obesity and risk factors associated with chronic disease risk. Children and adolescents should be encouraged to avoid calories from foods that they generally overconsume (e.g., products high in sugar, fat, and sodium)

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