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By On December 19th, 2006

Ads spur eating disorders, premature drinking

The American Academy of Pediatrics believe that young people view over 40,000 plus advertisements a year on television, the internet, in magazines and in school. They also believe that those advertisements influence poor food choices, drug and alcohol use, sex, and the thought that anorexia is fashionable.

Although a lot of people would argue that limiting advertisers would be a question of free speech, I feel that they should withhold a common decency with what they are projecting at audiences.

Here is what the Academy of Pediatrics are requesting doctors to ask congress:

-ban junk-food ads during shows geared toward young children;
-limit commercial advertising to no more than 6 minutes per hour, a decrease of 50 percent;
-restrict alcohol ads to showing only the product, not cartoon characters or attractive young women;
-prohibit interactive advertising to children on digital TV.

The academy also says TV ads for erectile dysfunction drugs should be shown only after 10 p.m.

Although I don’t think any of those requests are extreme, I feel that we are going to have to deal with a constant struggle between advocacy groups commercials and corporate driven goals.

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