According to a new European study, food marketing is associated with a rise in junk food consumption among children and adolescents.
Published online in JAMA Pediatrics, a total of 96 studies were looked at as part of a systematic review and meta-analysis. In total, up to 22 databases were combed between January 2009 and March 2020.
“In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 96 studies (64 randomized clinical trials, 32 nonrandomized studies), food marketing was associated with significant increases in food intake, choice, preference, and purchase requests,” the study’s authors determined.
“There was no clear evidence of associations with purchasing, and little evidence on dental health or body weight outcomes,” the authors also mentioned in their findings.
The study was published May 2, 2022.