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In the absence of effective food industry self-regulation, legal scholars have identified a number of regulatory, legislative and other types of policies to reduce the impact of unhealthy food marketing on children. Increasingly, national, state and local policymakers in the United States are pursuing a variety of policy-driven strategies to improve the unhealthy food marketing environment in local communities and the media.


Rudd Center Research

  • Pomeranz, J.L., Romo-Palafox, M.J., & Harris, J.L. (2018). Toddler drinks, formulas, and milks: Labeling practices and policy implications. Preventive Medicine, published online.
  • Pomeranz, J.L., Munsell, C., & Harris, J.L. (2013). Energy drinks: An emerging public health hazard for youth. Journal of Public Health Policy, 34(2), 254-271.
  • Harris, J.L. & Graff, S.K. (2012). Ethics of targeting food marketing to young people and the First Amendment: A psychological and legal perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 102(2), 214-222.
  • Pomeranz, J. (2012). Extending the fantasy in the supermarket: Where unhealthy food promotions meet children and how the government can intervene. Indiana Health Law Review. 9(1):117-185
  • Harris, J.L. & Graff, S.K. (2011). Protecting children from harmful food marketing: Options for local government to make a difference. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(5).
  • Pomeranz, J. (2010). Television food marketing to children revisited: The Federal Trade Commission has the constitutional and statutory authority to regulate. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 38(1):98-116.
  • Harris, J.L., Brownell, K.D. & Bargh, J.A. (2009). The Food Marketing Defense Model: Integrating psychological research to protect youth and inform public policy. Social Issues and Policy Review, 3, 211-271.