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    Gov't Cracks Down on Food Ads

    Ein uebergewichtiger Junge schaut am Freitag, 3. Juli 2009, in einem Schwimmbad in Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, anderen Kindern zu. Uebergewicht, im Medizinischen Adipositas, ist auch unter Kindern und Jugendlichen immer haeufiger anzutreffen. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
--An obese boy watches playing children at a public bath in Essen, western Germany on Friday Juli 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Frank Augstein

    Is Toucan Sam to blame for childhood obesity? The federal government says he and Ronald McDonald have a lot more influence on the epidemic than their companies are taking responsibility for. Federal regulators are asking food makers and restaurant companies to either sell healthier products or stop advertising them to wide-eyed kids. The guidelines are voluntary but companies are feeling the pressure to adopt them, which would require them to alter their marketing strategies in the next five to 10 years. Under the new guidelines, foods must contain healthy ingredients—like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, or low-fat milk—and they cannot contain excessive amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, salt, and sugar. Sugar is a big culprit in cereals like Froot Loops and Captain Crunch, which contain 12 grams of sugar per serving. Cereals would be limited to eight grams of added sugar per serving under the new laws.

    Read it at New York Times