Unhealthy ads dominate Spanish children’s television shows

May 6, 2013, NBCLatino

By Jacquellena Carrero

Latinos have some of the highest rates of obesity in the nation, and the results of a new study show that advertisers may be contributing to the problem.

A new study out by the Journal of Health Communication is showing that the vast majority of food advertisements on Spanish language television shows are unhealthy. According to the study, more than 84 percent of all foods and beverages advertised are low-nutrient and high-calorie products. The study, which was called “Food Marketing to Children on US. Spanish-Language Television” is among the first that analyzes food and beverage advertising on Spanish-language children’s television. The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Healthy Eating Research program. Continue reading