A content analysis of ‘junk food’ content in children’s TV programmes: a comparison of UK broadcast TV and video-on-demand services

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Alexander B Barker, Megan Parkin, Shreesh Sinha, Emma Wilson, Rachael L Murray and Barker, A. 2022. A content analysis of ‘junk food’ content in children’s TV programmes: a comparison of UK broadcast TV and video-on-demand services. Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdac067
AuthorsAlexander B Barker, Megan Parkin, Shreesh Sinha, Emma Wilson, Rachael L Murray and Barker, A.
Abstract

Exposure to high in fat, sugar, or salt (HFSS) food imagery is associated with unhealthy consumption, and subsequently obesity, among young people. We report and compare the results of two content analyses, one of popular children’s television channels in the UK and the other, a selection of children’s programmes available on video-on-demand (VOD) services. Content analysis of three days’ worth of programmes on two popular children’s television channels broadcast on UK television (CBeebies and Milkshake) as well as a sample of children’s programmes available on the VOD platforms (Netflix and Amazon Prime) using 1-minute interval coding. In television channels, HFSS content was seen in 181 episodes (36%) and in 417 intervals (13%) on terrestrial television, ‘Milkshake’ had a significantly higher proportion of broadcasts containing HFSS content than ‘CBeebies’. In VOD, HFSS content was seen in 82 episodes (72% of the total number of episodes), across 459 intervals (19% of the total number of intervals), with no significant difference in the proportion of programmes containing HFSS content between Netflix and Amazon Prime. HFSS content is common in both UK children’s television channels and children programmes on VOD services, likely having an effect on HFSS consumption in children. Legislative opportunities to prevent this exposure are being missed.

Keywordsfood imagery ; young people ; UK children's television ; obesity
Year2022
JournalJournal of Public Health
Journal citationpp. 1-8
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN1741-3850
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdac067
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdac067
FunderCancer Research UK
Output statusPublished
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Online23 Jun 2022
01 Dec 2022
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Accepted2022
Deposited24 Jun 2022
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