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Marketing Fun Foods: A Profile and Analysis of Supermarket Food Messages Targeted at Children


  • Charlene Elliott


Childhood obesity is a significant problem that requires innovative solutions. This article suggests that researchers and policy-makers move beyond a scrutiny of junk food and televised advertisements to children to focus on the messages targeted to children in the supermarket. Following a content analysis of fun foods marketed to children, the article (a) outlines why the recoding of "regular" food into "fun food" contributes to the childhood obesity crisis, and (b) suggests how the meaning-making practices of food can be acknowledged in the policy-making process.

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  • Charlene Elliott, 2008. "Marketing Fun Foods: A Profile and Analysis of Supermarket Food Messages Targeted at Children," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 34(2), pages 259-274, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:34:y:2008:i:2:p:259-274

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    1. Hartmann, Monika & Cash, Sean B. & Yeh, Ching-Hua & Landwehr, Stefanie C. & McAlister, Anna R., 2016. "Children’s purchase behavior in the snack market: Can branding or low price motivate a healthy choice?," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 235841, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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