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Abstract

HENRIQUES, Patrícia; SALLY, Enilce Oliveira; BURLANDY, Luciene  and  BEILER, Renata Mondino. Regulation of publicity for children's food as a strategy for promotion of health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 481-490. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000200021.

The eating habits of the Brazilian population have been changing in recent decades and publicity is one of the factors contributing to this situation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the content of food publicity broadcast on television and addressed to children, from the standpoint of regulation. The publicity broadcast on the two major television stations during the school holidays was recorded on VHS tapes. Content analysis techniques were used and eight categories of analysis were defined based on the theoretical benchmark of the eating habits and their determining factors. The proposal for a Technical Regulation of Anvisa was used to conduct this analysis. 1018 advertisements were recorded, of which 132 (12.9%) that advertised foods targeted at children were selected, but only 12 different products were identified. According to the proposed regulation, all the material analyzed violated no less than three articles, among which the 4th, Sections III and VIb stand out. The pressing need for government regulation of the content of food advertisements for children, the consumption of which can be harmful to health, is clearly apparent because of its influence on the decision to purchase, both by the children themselves, and their parents.

Keywords : Food publicity; Television; Children.

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