Junk Food/ Fast Food Companies Disproportionately Target Communities of Color Study Finds
by India Camiel
According to a January 2019 Rudd Center for food Policy and Obesity report, there are increasing dispairites in unhealthy food advertising designed to target Black and Hispanic youth. Fast foods, candy and sugary drinks and snacks are amoung the top junk foods companies often target-market to Black and Hispanic children. According to the report, the total food-related advertising spending on Black-targeted TV increased by more than 50% from 2013 to 2017 ($217 million to $333 million).
The study also reported that in 2013, Black children and teens viewed 70% more food ads than their White peers viewed. In 2017, these disparities grew to 86% more ads viewed by Black children compared to White children and 119% more ads viewed by Black teens than by White teens.
Rudd concluded that this targeted advertising has helped to contribute to the health disparities in Black and Hispanic...
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