In the UK the British Heart Foundation has recently launched the Food4Thought website with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyle to children.
The site is a sort of adventure game, where children play exploring a virtual city full of junk food advertising messages. As explained on NMA, the idea of the BHF is to run a digital campaign that employes the tactics used by snack brands which continue to advertise through child-focused sites.
Once the “obesity” crisis has passed, food companies in the UK have decided to invest £70m in advertising. About one year ago the government was about to issue a ban on food ads to provide a solution to the obesity diffusion among teens. They eventually decided not to do it, but they obtained a positive result anyway. Basically food brands are now promoting healthier products. In an article on Media Guardian people in the industry provide different explanation to the growth: someone admits there is a trend towards healthier eating, some others, like McDonald’s simply claim they are advertising more because they have more things to say…
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