Kids are very susceptible to media influences, and what they want to put in their mouths can mean the difference between a lifetime of happy smiles, or a lifetime struggle with tooth decay.
Magazines geared toward children are very popular in the UK, but they’re loaded with unhealthy subliminal messages that could be influencing kids to make poor choices, and that’s something parents (and dental professionals) need to be aware of.
In an evaluation of 11 UK children’s magazines, it was found that 73% of foods and beverages referenced were considered detrimental to oral health, and less than 10% were direct advertisements. Only 20.5% of food references were considered healthy, and a third of the magazines came with free sweet treats.
It’s obvious these magazines are biased toward unhealthy foods, and I understand the desire for more regulation. However, I feel it’s up to the parents to educate their kids on healthy eating habits and good dental health practices. Maybe someone could create a colorful kid’s magazine focused on making healthy choices fun.
Read the full article here: Food references in UK children’s magazines – an oral health perspective
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