self regulation

I’m catching up on news items from last week and wanted to share an important new study from The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity regarding how parents view food industry marketing practices targeted toward their children, a study which, according to the Rudd Center, is the first of its kind. Surveying 2,454 parents with children aged […]


Despite their participation in the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, a self-regulatory industry group pledged to reduce the marketing of unhealthy products to children, the food industry continues to aggressively promote its least nutritious cereals to children. That’s the troubling, but perhaps not surprising, conclusion of a new study, the findings of which were […]


Disney To Ban Junk Food Advertising to Kids: My Thoughts

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 6, 2012

The biggest news in the kid-and-food world yesterday was a joint announcement by the White House and the Walt Disney Company in which Disney promised to phase out the advertising of junk food on its child-directed television channels, web sites and radio stations.  The ban will include Saturday-morning cartoons airing on ABC stations owned by Disney. […]


The Halloween Candy Post, 2011 Edition

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 26, 2011

You can’t blog about kids and food and not address the looming question that comes around every year at this time:  what to do about all that candy? Last year was my first Halloween blogging here on The Lunch Tray and I tackled that knotty question in two parts. First, I justified (shakily) my own […]


In the past few days there’s been a flurry of posting in the blogosphere about a topic much discussed here on TLT in the past — Big Food’s marketing of junk food to kids. For those new to the issue, Big Food spends almost $2 billion annually on advertising processed food products to children, a viewing […]