Nickelodeon: Support Kids, Not Junk Food Ads!
  • Petitioned Cyma Zarghami

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President, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group
Cyma Zarghami
SVP Global Entertainment, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products
Sherice Torres
Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family
Pamela Kaufman
Corporate Responsibility

Nickelodeon: Support Kids, Not Junk Food Ads!

    1. Reasa Currier
    2. Petition by

      Reasa Currier

      alexandria, VA

Recently, Walt Disney Company announced they will phase out the advertising of junk food on its child-directed television channels, web sites and radio stations and will update their nutrition standards. It's time for Nickelodeon to stop advertising junk food to kids, too.

Nickelodeon produces many wonderful programs that both entertain and educate children. However, the commercials featured during those programs advertise foods that contain unhealthy levels of fat and sugar.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years and the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. The children in that age demographic are precisely who are being targeted with these ads.

Food and beverage advertisers are spending between $10 and $15 billion dollars a year advertising to our children. They do this because it works: the more junk food is marketed to children, the more junk food children eat.

I applaud Nickelodeon for already taking steps in the right direction by making sure that their characters are not promoting unhealthy foods. Yet, they can do more.

The market is changing and parents are becoming increasingly more aware of what they are feeding their children. As a result, what is good for our children can also be good for Nickelodeon’s bottom line. 

The health and wellbeing of our nation’s children is at risk. Please, Nickelodeon, ban these harmful advertisements and strengthen your nutritional standards.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Meghan Wiltz NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      People are complaining about American abesity; let's start promtinh health eating habits in our kids.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am a concerned grandmother of 10. I know the effects that cereals, fast foods etc and adverstising had on my boys. I did not know at that time how bad all those heavily processed and sugared cereals were for them. (They had endorsments from medical groups as healthy right on the box. But it was not the truth. Those groups still recieve a lot of money from the manufacturers for endorsing unhealthy foods.) Now as adults my sons are paying the price with their health. Moms read up on this subject you'll never let kids eat that stuff again! I changed my eating habits but my sons did not.

    • Raj Chaklashiya MIRA LOMA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Every action has an impact on society. If one major company promotes good health, then a plethora of people will be inspired to become healthier. But if even more major companies promote good health, then miracles can occur: The problem of obesity can actually be solved if EVERY OR MOST COMPANIES PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING. In fact, all world problems could be easier to solve if every company promoted causes that support the world's well being. Companies have this power, so they should use it for everyone's well-being.

    • Renee Poirier-Pound CONCORD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Come on Nic, show some social responsibility and stop marketing crap to our kids!!!

    • Christina Tavares WILMETTE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Junk food kills more people each year than virtually all other causes combined. Please don't use your power to harm children.


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