Food advertisements. Whether it’s on our phones, on TV, on the different websites we visit on a daily basis, on a billboard on the way to school, or even ones we don’t notice. We see them everyday, and I wanted to find out how they affected our health.
This issue is important because we need to be aware of what we are exposed to, and we should know about how small things can affect our lives on the biggest scale. I wanted to find out how food ads affect our dietary lifestyle, and I wanted to bring awareness to this growing problem. Advertisements have a big impact on our choices, especially our dietary ones. I hope to help you become a mindful food consumer, and to help you be more conscious of what you’re putting inside your body, based on advertisements that may be misleading.
I picked this issue because I wanted to bring awareness to how advertisements can lead to different unhealthy lifestyles. I want to be able to give solutions to this problem. I also want to show how these ads we encounter in our everyday life, may change our whole lifestyle.
Seen is a picture of a child watching TV. The hand, representing an advertisement, “grabs” the child, as if manipulating her to buy the product being advertised.
This issue affects people all over the world, but I wanted to focus on how it directly affects teenagers. Did you know that our chances of becoming obese increases, the more hours we watch television, stay on our laptops and phones? Food advertisements directed at teenagers influence their dietary choices and requests. Almost ¾ of every food ad directed at children, advertises an unhealthy product which increases the obesity epidemic. The food advertisements on children’s shows are completely dominated by unhealthy food. 34 percent for candy and snacks, 28 percent for cereal, 10 percent for fast food, 4 percent for dairy products, 1 percent for fruit juices, and 0 percent for fruits or vegetables. Children between 8-12 receive the highest rates of ad exposure. This is when teenagers start to develop their food habits and make their own food choices. This issue affects me because I encounter advertisements everyday. I see them everywhere, and I was interested to know how they affect our lifestyle. I myself have seen a food ad, and because of that advertisement, bought the product. Some solutions for this problem are that we should be conscious of our choices, and not allow ourselves to be manipulated by the media. We should be aware of this problem, so that we may be mindful of our dietary lifestyle. We should be aware of what we intake, and maintain a healthy and balanced diet. As teenagers, we are starting to develop our eating habits, and by knowing this, we should be able to make good dietary decisions, as these shape the rest of our lives.
In conclusion, this issue is important, because we encounter advertisements every single day. This issue is important to me, because we shouldn’t let ourselves be manipulated by the media, and we should be able to make intelligent decisions that will shape the rest of our lives. Before researching about this topic, I knew that companies spent a lot of money on advertisements, but I wasn’t sure how this affected other people and made them buy the company’s product. After a lot of research, I am now able to say that I am now more knowledgeable on how advertisements work, and have found a deeper meaning and connection to food advertisements and teenagers. This affects my thinking of wellness, because before, I used to think that wellness was all about learning about our body, but now I realize wellness is a wider topic, and we encounter wellness everyday. I now realize that wellness is about how the world works around us in terms of how it affects all aspects of wellness in our lives. Now, I personally believe advertisements are a good way to show your product as a business, but as people who encounter ads everyday, we should be conscious of what we are buying, and not believe everything an ad says, without thinking about it first.