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About 25% of Latino third-graders in the state are obese.
Some experts in the region are highlighting unhealthy marketing as a contributor, given Latino kids’ high exposure to media, the New Britain Herald reports.
“In my opinion, Spanish-speaking children are more heavily targeted by junk food, dessert and sugar-sweetened beverage ads because their community is very disempowered and does not have the means to advocate for changes in these unhealthy marketing practices that have been seriously questioned by groups that have a higher social position in the country,” Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of the Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos at the University of Connecticut, told the New Britain Herald.
The food industry in the U.S. “self-regulates” itself regarding content of advertisements targeting children, but some politicians and groups around the nation are working down on young Latinos’ exposure to marketing of unhealthy foods, according to the article.
Learn more about getting involved in marketing issues at ChangeLab Solutions.
Several health organizations are spurring people to create healthy changes in their regions.
In celebration of the recent Food Revolution Day 2012, a global day of action to help fight the obesity epidemic, ChangeLab Solutuions organized a set of policy tools people need to create a Food Revolution in their communities.
- Model policies for healthier vending machines at school
- Toolkits for community kitchens, play space, and more
- Toolkits for fresher foods in schools, such as school gardening programs, farm-to-school programs, etc.
- Model policies for restricting food and beverage advertising in schools
- Know more about federal legislation on new nutrition standards
- Overcome barriers to providing free drinking water in schools
- Learn the importance of the farm bill
Tools can be found here.
The Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) also offers a variety so people can hone their advocacy skills. Their recent paper outlines action steps SBM and its members can take to impact health-related public policy, and SBM also offers a variety of policy statements on topics such as childhood obesity and school-based physical activity.