It’s becoming ever more common for stores of all kinds – even those that don’t otherwise sell food – to tempt harried and fatigued shoppers with candy and junk food in the check-out aisle. It’s a practice that preys on kids in particular, and many parents hate it. (See my post, “Parental Pet Peeve: Junk Food in the Check-Out Aisle“)
One of the public health organizations doing the most to call out this unhealthy practice is the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which in 2015 issued a comprehensive report about unhealthy check-out aisles (Temptation at Check-Out) that’s well worth reading.
Now CSPI is seeking your help to get candy and junk food out of the check-out aisles of toy stores around the country. Here’s an open letter from the organization:
Running errands can be stressful, especially with kids. Yet stores and food manufacturers make it even harder by aggressively promoting junk food to kids everywhere we shop, even at toy stores.
Candy displays at checkout induce people to purchase, and kids to beg for, extra calories that few can afford and many don’t really want.
CSPI is petitioning toy stores to stop pushing candy on kids at checkout— but they need your help!
CSPI is looking for parents who have felt frustrated by junk food marketing to kids, particularly in the checkout aisle. Perhaps you or someone you know has a child with a dietary issue who constantly struggles with junk food temptation? If so, we’d like to speak with you and hear your perspective.
It will only take a few minutes! Please contact CSPI at email@example.com or 202-777-8351.
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