The Role of Marketing in the Obesity Epidemic

The unprecedented rise in the power, scope, and sophistication of food marketing starting around 1980 aligns well with the blastoff slope of weight gain and the obesity epidemic. New subscribers to our e-newsletter always receive a free gift. Get yours here: I think the natural reaction to the suggestion of the power of marketing is that “I’m too smart to fall for that; marketing works on other people, but I can see through it.” But that’s what everyone thinks! For a splash of cold water to shake us all out of this delusion, I next bring you some data: The Role of Food Advertisements in the Obesity Epidemic ( This is the 7th in an 11-video series. The first several are: • The Role of Diet vs. Exercise in the Obesity Epidemic ( • The Role of Genes in the Obesity Epidemic ( • The Thrifty Gene Theory: Survival of the Fattest ( • Cut the Calorie-Rich-And-Processed Foods ( • The Role of Processed Foods in the Obesity Epidemic ( • The Role of Taxpayer Subsidies in the Obesity Epidemic ( Have a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at and someone on the team will try to answer it. Want to get a list of links to all the scientific sources used in this video? Click on Sources Cited at You’ll also find a transcript and acknowledgements for the video, my blog and speaking tour schedule, and an easy way to search (by translated language even) through our videos spanning more than 2,000 health topics. If you’d rather watch these videos on YouTube, subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution! -Michael Greger, MD FACLM Captions for this video are available in several languages; you can find yours in the video settings. • Subscribe: • Donate: • Podcast : • Facebook: • Twitter: • Instagram: • Books: • Shop:

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