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Thread: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

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    Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    I heard about this one recently. It seems Obama wants to do away with Toucan Sam, Tony The Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, and the other mascots who attract children to certain cereals because he claims they are making our children fat.

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    I'm still pissed because they banned mascots for cigarettes. I miss Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    I'm still pissed because they banned mascots for cigarettes. I miss Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man

    That was Billy Jeff.

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    I did a side by side comparison of Cinnamon Burst Cheerios and Cap'n Crunch w/Crunchberries yesterday. All things being equal (serving size, type and amount of milk used) the calories were the same. The fat content in the Cap'n Crunch was lower, but the sugar content was higher. I also compared to shredded wheat (unfrosted, blech) and saw that SW had a higher sodium level than the Cap'n Crunch, but less sugar and less fat.

    The differences aren't much (1.5 g fat CC vs. 2 g fat in cheerios, for example).

    That said, I really don't see a reason to change marketing. Even so called "healthy" or "adult" cereals aren't much better for you. Marketing neither type of cereal to children would just diminish cereal sales over time, I'd guess.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    I heard about this one recently. It seems Obama wants to do away with Toucan Sam, Tony The Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, and the other mascots who attract children to certain cereals because he claims they are making our children fat.
    No source? Not true.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No source? Not true.
    I heard about it on the radio (No, not Rush Limbaugh) and it can be verified by doing a Google search.

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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    I heard about it on the radio (No, not Rush Limbaugh) and it can be verified by doing a Google search.
    Then get a credible link, and post it here.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Then get a credible link, and post it here.
    Even if he's wrong about Obama, there have been research studies that conclude that children pick cereals based on recognizable, popular characters. So on that premise alone, should we ban characters on cereal all together, or use that knowledge to sell "healthier" cereals?

    Link Sound Medicine: How Kids Choose Cereal
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Even if he's wrong about Obama, there have been research studies that conclude that children pick cereals based on recognizable, popular characters. So on that premise alone, should we ban characters on cereal all together, or use that knowledge to sell "healthier" cereals?

    Link Sound Medicine: How Kids Choose Cereal
    No, parents shouldn't let their kids pick out the cereal in the first place.
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    Re: Should cereal companies be forced to stop advertising to children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No, parents shouldn't let their kids pick out the cereal in the first place.
    You hit the nail on the head!

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