Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School

Flat-Out Unethical Food Marketing to Kids

Yesterday, a national panel of experts convened by Healthy Eating Research (HER), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children.  Marion Nestle had a blunt response to the report’s recommendations aimed at the food industry’s voluntary guidelines for what and how junk foods can be marketed to kids: … Continue reading

My Food Marketing Podcast
Advocacy / Fast Food / Food Environment / Marketing

My Food Marketing Podcast

  I was interviewed last year by Marc Jordan Paxton for the Food Marketing Podcast.   I warned him I wasn’t a typical choice for his show since it’s described this way: Hearing the stories of food-marketing professionals from around the world allows you, the Food Marketing Universe, to learn how to engage with customers and sell your own … Continue reading

2014: The Beginning of the End for Ronald McDonald
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

2014: The Beginning of the End for Ronald McDonald

  2014 has been a watershed year for the food movement pushing back against fast food marketing to kids.  When McDonald’s unveiled the twitter hashtag #RonaldMcDonald in April to revive slumping sales, they met backlash over their marketing to children.  In May, we took the #MomsNotLovinIt campaign to McDonald’s Annual Shareholders Meeting.  The CEO, Don Thompson, made a tactical error by responding … Continue reading

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Policy / School / Soda / Sugar

Gratitude for Public Health Progress in 2014

Updated to add Fed Up Movie to this list! In January I wrote a post asking Is This the Year We Drain the Food Swamp?  Ten months later I’ve been asked to contribute a post for DrGreene’s Blog Series called “One Change for 2015″ that focuses on a single change I feel strongly about.  Before I write that post, … Continue reading

Soda Wolves Disguised in Sheep’s Clothing
Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Soda Wolves Disguised in Sheep’s Clothing

“magically, when they would turn twelve, we’d suddenly attack them like a bunch of wolves“ I was reminded of that quote from a former top marketing executive at Coca-Cola when I saw the recent news about soda companies pledging to reduce calories.  Last year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) announced a partnership with McDonald’s to “leverage their market share … Continue reading

What Was Left Out of the Latest Family Dinner Debate
Cooking / Fast Food / Marketing

What Was Left Out of the Latest Family Dinner Debate

  Now that the dust has settled a bit on the latest debate about home-cooked family dinners, I realized an important issue was left out.  In a piece called  “The Joy of Cooking?” three sociologists from North Carolina State University took food advocates to task saying: time pressures, tradeoffs to save money, and the burden of pleasing others make it difficult … Continue reading