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Petitioning President, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group Cyma Zarghami and 3 others
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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!

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.


Letter to
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
and 1 other
Corporate Responsibility
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Nickelodeon

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Please ban advertisements of junk food on your channel and website and update your nutritional standards. Last week, Walt Disney Company announced that 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. I urge you to follow suit.

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, you can do more.

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

Thank you.
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Sincerely,