Advertising and American's Poor Diet Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Advertising and American's Poor Diet
Looks at the impact of advertising on America's poor dietary choices.
# 148747 | 1,960 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper hypothesizes that advertising and promotions cause Americans of all ages to make bad diet choices and eat too much fast food. This paper explains that some nutritionists believe that children might be more susceptible to advertising with their food choices than otherwise thought. Next, the author reviews several research studies that support this assumption and lawsuits from consumer advocacy organizations against cereal manufacturers; however, the author also relates the association between the dietary choices of parents and of their children. The paper concludes that there is no doubt that advertising, television and promotions greatly impact, mostly negatively, diet choices but children and adults should be taught self-control.

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Thesis Statement
Diets that Don't Work?

From the Paper:

"This new process can manufacture food centrally and distribute them quickly at much lower costs to companies like Kellogg, Post, and General Mills. This automated speed of preparing and packaging reduces labor and the actual cost of preparation which implies increased consumption. And what kids see on TV today is available on your local grocery shelves much sooner than in the past so they can have it quicker.
"Since the RTE cereals are advertised ad nauseum on TV, especially during kids' programs, and can be purchased in the stores so quickly--even new products--cereal again becomes the point of the stick in causing health problems such as type-2 diabetes and heart problems, as a result of the obesity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atkins, B. (2007, August 7). Advertising affects children's food choices. Retrieved May 13, 2009, from
  • Cohen, M. (2008, November 6). An investigation of the role of advertising in diet choice. Retrieved May 13, 2009, from
  • Elliott, V. (2007, February 3). TV's new junk food rules allow chips with everything. Retrieved May 13, 2009, from
  • Kluger, J. (2009, April 22). Dieter self control: Why you make bad choices. Retrieved May 14, 2009, from,8599,1892943,00.html
  • Reinberg, S. (2009, January 30). Adult fast-food diets tied to too much tv as teen. Retrieved May 14, 2009, from Washington Post:

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