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Children Unhealthy Eating

I have a discussion post that I would like your thoughts and inputs on the following questions.

Proper health and nutrition is of critical importance to the growth and development of young children yet many American children eat in ways that do not meet proper nutrition guidelines. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the media, and its promotion of junk food, is one of the main culprits in the obesity epidemic. Read the article, "Children, Adolescents, Obesity, and the Media," and watch the video, We're Not Buying It: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids.

What role does the media play in the promotion of unhealthy food choices? Identify and describe a specific example.

What are the long-term consequences of these media messages on children's health and nutrition?

Describe two to three specific things parents and teachers of young children can do to combat media messages that promote unhealthy food choices.

Here are some sources that you may find helpful:

- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011). Children, adolescents, obesity, and the media. Pediatrics, 128(1), 201-208. Retrieved from
- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2013). Safety & prevention: How safe are vaccines? Retrieved from
- Vaccine Awareness of North Florida, Inc. (2010). KNOW...The vaccine controversy. K.N.O.W. Vaccines. Retrieved from
- Prevention Institute. (2011). We're not buying it: Stop junk food marketing to kids [Video file]. Retrieved from
- Storybird (

Recommended Resources

Green, M. & Palfrey, J. S. (2002). Bright futures: Guidelines for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents (2nd ed., rev.). Retrieved from
United States Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. (2002). Menu magic for children. Retrieved from
United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. (2012). USDA food facts sheet for schools & child nutrition institutions. Retrieved from
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2000). Keeping kids safe: A guide for safe food handling and sanitation for child care providers. Retrieved from

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Family health. Retrieved from
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The role of the media is significant in the lives of children. The children are innocent and do not fully understand the gimmick and marketing strategies used to cultivate sales. When parents allow their child to watch television during specific time frames, they do not anticipate that their child would become mentally submerged with ideas of unhealthy eating habits. The media has the responsibility to promote healthy eating.

To promote healthy eating, the media can demonstrate television programs and shows that explain what each fruit or vegetable can do for the body. For instance, the old cartoon called pop-eye the sailor used spinach to enhance strong bones and muscles. ...

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