September 16, 2002
For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
Dr. Susan Linn, 617-232-8390
Joe Kelly, (218) 348-1251
NY Summit Asks: Does
(New York City)
Children see more than 40,000 advertisements a year on TV alone.
During peak kid viewing times, most of those ads are for food – and most of
those food ads hawk candy, fast food, soda, and other foods full of fat and
Any wonder that rates
of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, eating disorders, and other childhood health
problems are on an unprecedented climb?
Get some answers at
the national summit “Consuming Kids: Marketers' Impact on Children's
Health” from 8:30 to 11:00 AM on Friday, September 20, 2002 at the Yale Club
of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan.
speaker Dr. Michael Brody, M.D., University of Maryland Professor of psychiatry
and Chair of the TV/Media committee of the American Academy Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry, says, “The sick child as viewer/consumer has replaced the healthy
child of play, sports and make believe.”
Dr. Susan Linn,
Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says, “Even as marketing
experts convene elsewhere in the Yale Club for Kidscreen Magazine’s
Advertising and Promoting to Kids conference, we are gathering doctors,
psychologists, educators, nutritionists and activists to detail the harms of
marketing to children. Childhood obesity, eating disorders, violence, rampant
materialism and other societal ills are all linked to excessive marketing to
Sponsored by the
national Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children (SCEC) coalition, the summit
is open to everyone concerned about the well being of children.
Following the summit, at
11:00 a.m., a protest of the Kidscreen conference-- and its Golden Marble Awards
which honor commercials aimed at children--will be held outside the Yale Club.
For more, see SCEC’s website at