Advertising of food to children: is brand logo recognition related to their food knowledge, eating behaviours and food preferences?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{6ff10bd5d6dc4f50a45d5d9ed3ff1542,
title = "Advertising of food to children: is brand logo recognition related to their food knowledge, eating behaviours and food preferences?",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: There remains controversy about the contribution of food advertising targeted at children to the epidemic of childhood obesity in the UK. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the ability to recognize brand logos featured in promotional campaigns of the food industry and eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences in children aged 9-11 attending six primary schools in Birmingham, West Midlands. METHODS: A '20 flashcard' brand logo quiz assessed children's brand logo recognition ability; a self-completed questionnaire collected information on children's socio-demographic characteristics, eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences (n=476). RESULTS: Children demonstrated both high brand logo recognition abilities with 88.4% (420/476) recognizing at least 16/20 brand logos in the quiz and high levels of poor diet. No strong correlation was found between higher brand logo recognition ability and poorer eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences. CONCLUSION: Although many children are familiar with commonly presented logos of food products, brand awareness does not appear to be a major influence on the consumption of a poor diet amongst children. The regulation or restriction of food advertising to children is unlikely to have a significant impact on obesity rates among children unless combined with measures to address other detrimental influences.",
keywords = "food preference, diet, obesity, advertising, children",
author = "CA Kopelman and Lesley Roberts and Peymane Adab",
year = "2007",
month = nov,
day = "12",
doi = "10.1093/pubmed/fdm067",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "358--367",
journal = "Journal of Public Health",
issn = "1741-3842",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "4",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Advertising of food to children: is brand logo recognition related to their food knowledge, eating behaviours and food preferences?

AU - Kopelman, CA

AU - Roberts, Lesley

AU - Adab, Peymane

PY - 2007/11/12

Y1 - 2007/11/12

N2 - BACKGROUND: There remains controversy about the contribution of food advertising targeted at children to the epidemic of childhood obesity in the UK. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the ability to recognize brand logos featured in promotional campaigns of the food industry and eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences in children aged 9-11 attending six primary schools in Birmingham, West Midlands. METHODS: A '20 flashcard' brand logo quiz assessed children's brand logo recognition ability; a self-completed questionnaire collected information on children's socio-demographic characteristics, eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences (n=476). RESULTS: Children demonstrated both high brand logo recognition abilities with 88.4% (420/476) recognizing at least 16/20 brand logos in the quiz and high levels of poor diet. No strong correlation was found between higher brand logo recognition ability and poorer eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences. CONCLUSION: Although many children are familiar with commonly presented logos of food products, brand awareness does not appear to be a major influence on the consumption of a poor diet amongst children. The regulation or restriction of food advertising to children is unlikely to have a significant impact on obesity rates among children unless combined with measures to address other detrimental influences.

AB - BACKGROUND: There remains controversy about the contribution of food advertising targeted at children to the epidemic of childhood obesity in the UK. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the ability to recognize brand logos featured in promotional campaigns of the food industry and eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences in children aged 9-11 attending six primary schools in Birmingham, West Midlands. METHODS: A '20 flashcard' brand logo quiz assessed children's brand logo recognition ability; a self-completed questionnaire collected information on children's socio-demographic characteristics, eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences (n=476). RESULTS: Children demonstrated both high brand logo recognition abilities with 88.4% (420/476) recognizing at least 16/20 brand logos in the quiz and high levels of poor diet. No strong correlation was found between higher brand logo recognition ability and poorer eating behaviours, food knowledge and preferences. CONCLUSION: Although many children are familiar with commonly presented logos of food products, brand awareness does not appear to be a major influence on the consumption of a poor diet amongst children. The regulation or restriction of food advertising to children is unlikely to have a significant impact on obesity rates among children unless combined with measures to address other detrimental influences.

KW - food preference

KW - diet

KW - obesity

KW - advertising

KW - children

U2 - 10.1093/pubmed/fdm067

DO - 10.1093/pubmed/fdm067

M3 - Article

C2 - 17998259

VL - 29

SP - 358

EP - 367

JO - Journal of Public Health

JF - Journal of Public Health

SN - 1741-3842

IS - 4

ER -