Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2014

Abstract

Objective: Amid concern about high rates of obesity and related diseases, the marketing of nutritionally poor foods to young people by the food industry has come under heavy criticism by public health advocates, who cite decades of youth-targeted marketing in arguing for reforms. In light of recent evidence that the same event evokes stronger emotional reactions when it occurs in the future versus the past, highlighting youth-targeted marketing that has yet to occur may evoke stronger reactions to such practices, and perhaps, greater support for related health policy initiatives. Method: In a between-subjects experiment, Web participants (N = 285) read that a major soda company had already launched (past condition) or was planning to launch (future condition) an advertising campaign targeting children. Measures included support for a soda tax and affective responses to the company’s actions. Results: Greater support for the soda tax was observed in the future condition than in the past condition. Moreover, participants in the future condition reported heightened negative emotions about the company’s actions, which mediated the observed effect on soda tax support. Conclusion: The same action undertaken by the food industry (here, marketing soda to children) may evoke stronger negative emotions and greater support for a health policy initiative when it is framed prospectively rather than retrospectively.

Keywords

food marketing, soda tax, childhood obesity, past and future, sugar-sweetened beverages

Discipline

Business and Corporate Communications | Marketing | Taxation

Research Areas

Marketing; Corporate Communication

Publication

Health Psychology

Volume

33

Issue

12

First Page

1610

Last Page

1613

ISSN

0278-6133

Identifier

10.1037/hea0000021

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000021

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