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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Companies getting fat off profits from unhealthy school lunch ads

"Of 106 ads for unhealthful meat and dairy products, 23 were full-page ads for Domino's or Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza," the Physicians Committee wrote. "Pizza is the number-two source of calories for children and adolescents ages 2-18, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is also the second-leading source of saturated fat and the third-leading source of sodium."

Other ads for unhealthy foods targeting school-food purchasers included chicken nuggets and other processed meats, macaroni and cheese and cheese-filled breadsticks. The promotional material was paid for by 20 different companies, including the American Egg Board, ConAgra Foodservice, General Mills Food Service, Jennie-O Turkey Store LLC, Land O'Lakes Foodservice, Sara Lee Foodservice and Tyson Foods.

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