August 29, 2013

It’s All About the Giveaways

1 Kids' Fast Food Ads Push Toys, Not Food

Fast food ads aimed at kids emphasize giveaways and not the food, say researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth who compared fast food ads on children’s television channels with those aired for adults. Ads targeted to kids focused on food packaging and street views of the restaurants whereas images of the food itself dominated ads targeted to adults. Nearly 70% of kids’ ads included giveaways vs 1% of ads for adults. Previous studies have shown that associating fast food with animated characters enhances children’s perceptions of food taste and that exposure to advertising increases consumption of fast food by children. Researchers call for oversight of fast food marketing to children given health concerns about childhood obesity and its relation to fast food consumption.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: WHO Says to Restrict Ads to Curb Childhood Obesity

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Fast Food Ads, Marketing to Children, Children's Television, Geisel School of Medicine, Fast Food Giveaways

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Workers Want a Union

2 Fast Food Workers Go on Strike for Higher Pay

Fast-food workers from nearly 60 cities have gone on strikes and walkouts, forcing some restaurants to temporarily close. Workers from McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy's and Burger King want higher wages, reports USA Today. Workers are hoping for $15, which is much more than the current minimum federal wage of $7.25. Another objective of the strikes and walkouts is to gain the right to unionize. Would-be protester Rachel Wilde, who was interviewed by USA Today, stayed at work for fear of being fired from her job at Wendy's, but she says she'd like to see her company do a better job providing health insurance for workers.

More at USA Today | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Calorie Counts in Frozen, Fast Food May Be Wrong

Tags: Fast Food Lifestyle, Fast Food Chains, Fast Food Workers Strike, Labor Day 2013 Strikes

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Don't Drink the Water

3 Blood Worms Invade Tap Water

Blood worms have been found in water glasses and water filters in the city of Colcord, Oklahoma. CNN reports that the small, red insect larvae have mysteriously gotten through the water department's 6-foot filter that "not even a hair can get through." Blood worms are larvae from midges. The water commissioner, Cody Gibby, says that the invasion is "disgusting." There's no word on when the town's water may be safe to drink or cook with, but right now, the people of Colcord must find other water for simple tasks like brushing their teeth.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

Tags: Blood Worms Tap Water, Colcord Oklahoma Blood Worm Invasion, Tap Water Safety

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