Children from the US view an average of one food commercial for every 5 minutes of television watched, according to a study from the University of Minnesota. These youth-targeted advertisements focus predominately on foods high in sugar and fat, making it no surprise that many children are not consuming healthy diets. In response to the high levels of junk-food advertising, some countries are taking the issue into their own hands by restricting broadcast advertising and other child-targeted marketing techniques.
According to the World Health Organization, advertisements can significantly influence food preferences and consumption. The impact is especially acute for young children under 10 years old.