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Rev Saude Publica. 2002 Jun;36(3):353-5.

[Amount and quality of food advertisement on Brazilian television].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Departamento de Psicologia e Educação, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciência e Letras, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil.


The main objective of the study was to analyze the amount and quality of food advertisement on Brazilian television in three different times of the day. The results showed that food products, when compared to other products, were the most frequently advertised, regardless of the time of the day in a given week analyzed. Television promotes food predominantly high in fat and/or sugar and salt. The large number of high fat and/or sugar and salt products advertised can contribute to changing food habits of children and teenagers, and increasing the incidence of obesity in the population.

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