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Title: Breakfast Food Advertisements in Mediterranean Countries: Products' Sugar Content in the Adverts from 2015 to 2019
Author: Montaña Blasco, Mireia  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: breakfast
childhood obesity
food advertising
food policy
Mediterranean diet
sugar-sweetened food
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Publisher: Children
Citation: Montaña Blasco, M. (2021). Breakfast Food Advertisements in Mediterranean Countries: Products¿ Sugar Content in the Adverts from 2015 to 2019. Children, 8(1), 14. MDPI AG. Retrieved from
Abstract: Although Spain was considered to be the healthiest country in the world in 2019, some studies reported that Mediterranean diet (MD) adherence, especially for breakfast, is low among children in Mediterranean countries, where child obesity is increasing alarmingly. This study correlated longitudinally the sugar content of breakfast products with advertising strategies. The research design applied quantitative analysis to compile the advertising data from 2015 to 2019 for all media, qualitative analysis of the content, and the use of popular characters to promote the food purchase. Additionally, a nutritional analysis was used to determine the products¿ sugar content. The results were analyzed according to the target they were aimed at (adults or children). Results showed that the Spanish food industry promoted unhealthy products for breakfast, especially those targeted to children, with very high sugar content. To improve the childhood obesity rate in Spain, greater involvement from the food industry is needed. The reformulation of breakfast products must be a priority along with additional sugar reduction strategies so as not to lose adherence to MD in younger generations. More nutrition education is necessary among children, especially on balanced breakfast consumption, a basic meal that helps children to concentrate better in class during the morning.
Language: English
ISSN: 2227-9067MIAR
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