News Releases

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stoking fears of job loss and strategically positioning itself on the side of civil rights groups, the tobacco industry influenced news coverage of mentholated cigarettes — which disproportionately impact the health of African Americans — to prevent a ban on them, found a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Children shouldn't be eating cookies for breakfast, yet that's exactly what's happening according to the Environmental Working Group's analysis of sugar in children's cereals. And without labels showing how much added sugar is too much, parents are at an unfair disadvantage trying to determine what to put on the breakfast table.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The soda industry influenced news coverage of two soda tax ballot measures in the working-class cities of Richmond and El Monte, Calif., found research released today by the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Monday, February 3, 2014

For the next five years, NSVRC will continue to provide assistance and resources designed to prevent sexual violence. Specifically, NSVRC will work with Berkeley Media Studies Group to uncover the most effective ways to educate people about sexual violence, expand messaging around Sexual Assault Awareness Month, help state and local partners evaluate the effectiveness of their work, and co-sponsor the 2014 National Sexual Assault Conference.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nutrition advocates may be able to use lessons from tobacco control to help government move faster toward protecting the public from harmful food and beverage company products and marketing practices, say the authors of a new study published today by the American Journal of Public Health.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Public health advocates say that Nickelodeon's practice of marketing unhealthy foods to kids runs afoul of the entertainment giant's claim that it is a responsible media business and have called on the company to stop advertising junk food to children.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cereal companies, the third biggest food marketer to children, are using sophisticated digital techniques to target kids with unhealthy products and get them to engage with brands in ways not possible through television advertising, found a study from researchers at Berkeley Media Studies Group and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The techniques include tracking children's online behavior and creating interactive ads disguised as entertainment.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Public health advocates need to organize strong campaigns to educate the public and policymakers about the dangers of both sugary beverages and the misleading industry corporate social responsibility campaigns that distract from their products' health risks, according to experts from BMSG and Public Health Advocacy Institute. In a Policy Forum article, authors examined prominent campaigns from PepsiCo and Coca-Cola that they say are similar to Big Tobacco campaigns in their attempts to place responsibility for their products' health harms on consumers (rather than corporations), boost popularity, and prevent regulation.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Nestle claims it doesn't market candy to children, but health advocates say a new line of Girl Scout-themed Crunch candy bars violates the company's pledge. The limited-edition candy bars bear the familiar Girl Scouts logo and evoke three popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors. A key difference between the candy bars and cookies is that the new candy bars have more calories, more saturated fat, and more sugars, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI's Margo Wootan and BMSG's Lori Dorfman have urged the company to stop marketing unhealthy foods featuring the Girl Scout's name and logo and refrain from similar marketing approaches in the future.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New research has found that the U.S. government and schools have made mixed progress to address food and beverage marketing practices that put young people's health at risk. A comprehensive review published in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that public sector stakeholders have failed to fully implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to support a healthful diet to children and adolescents. In a commentary accompanying the article, BMSG's Lori Dorfman notes that the food and beverage industry spends more than $5 million every day marketing foods high in fat, sugar and salt to youth.

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