Published Online: December 16, 2005

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Food Marketing Encourages Childhood Obesity, Report Says

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Food and beverage companies are becoming increasingly sophisticated in marketing to children, and the bulk of their marketing is for high-calorie and low-nutrition prepared foods and drinks, says a report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, based in Washington.

The report points out that these findings come at a time of skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity and diseases related to obesity, such as diabetes.

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