Infographic: Let’s stop marketing unhealthy food and beverages to kids

Marketing impacts what kids eatFootnote 1

  • Teens spend over 8 hrs a day in front of a screen.Footnote 2
  • Kids see about 4-5 food and beverage ads on TV every hour.Footnote 3
  • Kids see over 25 million food and beverage ads online every year. 90% of online ads are for food high in sugars, salt and saturated fat.Footnote 3

Kids are targeted by marketing everywhere

This includes home, transit, billboards, online, TV, grocery stores, restaurants, school, vending machines, and sports.

Unhealthy eating can lead to health problemsFootnote 4

  • Only 1 in 10 kids eat enough veggies and fruit.Footnote 5
  • Teens drink more than 1.7 litres of sugary drinks every day.Footnote 6
  • 1 in 3 teens eat at a fast food restaurant every day.Footnote 7

Diet is the #1 risk factor for chronic diseasesFootnote 8

  • Diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are now showing up in teens.Footnote 9Footnote 10

Canada- Let's make the healthy choice the easy choice!

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Footnote 1

World Health Organization. Set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children. 2010. Available from:

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Footnote 2

ParticipACTION. Are Canadian kids too tired to move?  The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. 2016. Available from:

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Footnote 3

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The kids are not alright.  How the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death. 2017. Available from:

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Footnote 4

Health Canada. Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance. 2015.

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Footnote 5

Minaker L, Hammond D. Low Frequency of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Canadian Youth: Findings From the 2012/2013 Youth Smoking Survey. Journal of School Health. 2016;86(2), 135-142. doi:

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Footnote 6

Garriguet D. Beverage consumption of children and teens. Health Reports. 2008;19(4), 17-22.

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Footnote 7

Garriguet D. Canadians' eating habits. Health Reports. 2007;18(2), 17-32.

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Footnote 8

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Profile: Canada. 2013. Available from:

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Footnote 9

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada. Chronic Disease and Injury Indicator Framework: 2016 Edition. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada. 2016.

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Footnote 10

Statistics Canada. Chronic conditions, 2015. Health Facts Sheets, 82-625-X. 2017. Available from:

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Organization: Health Canada

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Date published: 2017-06

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