Kids See Thousands of Ads for Unhealthy Foods on Social Media

early three quarters of Canadian children are exposed to food marketing while using popular social media apps, a new study from the University of Ottawa found.

The study, commissioned by Heart & Stroke, found that children see an estimated 111 advertisements for food per week, or an average of 5,772 ads per year on apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube.

The majority of those ads promoted ultra-processed foods and beverages high in fat, salt, or sugar, the study found.

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