Children find food wrapped in McDonald's packaging 'six times tastier'

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    Children find food in McDonald's packaging up to six times more appetising than the identical snacks in plain wrappers, research shows. The study, designed to gauge the power of advertising, revealed that boys and girls as young as three found food tastier when they thought it was made by a big brand.

    The phenomenon is not just restricted to fast foods, with youngsters finding that milk and carrots tastier when they believed they had been bought at McDonald's.

    The research, carried at Stanford University in the US, comes amid growing concern about the influence of advertising on children's health.
    Child obesity rates have trebled over the last 20 years, with 10 per cent of six-year-olds and 17 per cent of 15-year-olds now obese.
    By 2050, half of all primary school-age boys and a fifth of girls could be so overweight that their health is at serious risk.

    Experts have warned that unless the Government acts now, an entire generation faces an old age blighted by heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases brought on by obesity, with today's children dying at a younger age than their parents.

    Since April, junk food manufacturers have been banned from advertising their products during TV programmes targeted at under-16s.
    However, critics claim the ban doesn't go far enough and point out that manufacturers are increasingly advertising on the internet.

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    That is a scary thought.......
     
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    They do say we eat with our eyes first:p

    Paul Kenna did a test on his TV show where he blind folded people eating and when they could not see the food they ate less.
     
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    Hmmm I wonder if I start wrapping all the boys food in mc `d wrappers they would eat it all.
     
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    More to the point .... if I put my shakes in a Mc D's cup would I think it was a delicious choc ice cream milkshake??!!!
     
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    OOOOO beverley ......wouldnt that be nice
     
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