Youth Exposure to Advertising for Unhealthy Foods

Youth exposure to advertising by the corporate food and beverage sector is associated with children asking parents to buy specific—and potentially unhealthy—foods. In 2006, a partnership of food and beverage companies established the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) to self-regulate nutrition standards. It’s important to track CFBAI’s progress in the marketing of food products, since advertising is tied to children’s food preferences and obesity-related issues. Furthermore, minority and low-income children are disproportionately exposed to unhealthy food advertising.

In 2018, data from Nielsen Media Research indicated that young children viewed an average of 1.7 food product ads daily during children’s programming, which is down from 2.5 ads in 2015, and nearly 71% of those products failed to meet federal guidelines for nutrition standards, down from 80% in 2015. These decreases in this percentage would indicate that the food and beverage sector is either making healthier products or reducing the advertising of unhealthy products to children—which may improve equity in healthy weight.

SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research, 2018

 

 

  • Food and Beverage advertising in children's programming for children ages 2-5

  • Food & Beverage advertising in all programming for children ages 2-5

  • NUTRITIONAL CONTENT OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN AGES 2 - 5 in 2018

  • FOOD AND BEVERAGE ADVERTISING IN PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN AGES 2 - 5, BY PROGRAMMING AND RACE IN 2018

Hospital Partnerships

Hospitals play an increasingly vital role in the overall health of the communities they serve. Hospitals that forge partnerships with local organizations are better positioned to reach vulnerable and at-risk people and improve the health of all residents in their neighborhoods.

The 2019 American Hospital Association Annual Survey found that 34% of hospitals had a formal alliance with health care or insurance organizations; 20% with a state or local government organization; and 30% with a community organization, a slight increase from 2017. Increases in these numbers indicate that more hospitals value expanding their roles and reponsibilities in population health and community well-being. There was no change in the proportion of hospitals reporting an alliance with health care or insurance organizations, or with state and local government. The strength of these partnerships remains vital during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for collaborative and coordinated response to address family health, social, and economic needs, particularly after a COVID-related hospitalization.

SOURCE: American Hospital Association Annual Survey, 2019

  • U.S. HOSPITALS REPORTING AN ALLIANCE OR COLLABORATION WITH AT LEAST ONE ORGANIZATION, BY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION IN 2017 and 2019