How Media Contribute to Poor Health Decisions

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Advertisements, TV shows, the Internet, and other media can affect how you choose to eat and spend your time. Many ads try to persuade you to eat high-fat foods and sugary drinks. Others may try to sell you products, like video games. Be aware of some of the tricks ads use to pressure you:

■ An ad may show a group of teens eating food or using a product to make you think all teens are or should be doing the same. The ad may even use phrases such as “all teens need” or “all teens are.”

■ Advertisers sometimes show famous athletes using or recommending a product because they think you will want to buy products that your favorite stars use.

■ Ads often use cartoon figures to make a food or activity look exciting and teen-friendly.

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