Sugary Snacks Campaign Controversy

James Garrow, city health department spokesperson, said efforts are being made to apologize for any hurt feelings, as well as to thank commenters for helping to clarify the difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

However, Garrow said, “Nearly every comment that we’ve received has been appreciative of the underlying goal of the campaign: to fight childhood obesity.”

By Rita Giordano


A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health apologized for “any hurt” that the campaign caused. He also stated that the campaign was focused on Type 2 diabetes rather than Type 1.

“Given that 17% of children in Philadelphia today are overweight and 22% are obese, which is a sign that they are already at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, we felt that something had to be done,” the spokesperson wrote.

By David Chang and Keith Jones


Health officials say they apologize to anyone who is offended by the language on the billboards. They say the focus is on childhood obesity and its connection to diabetes.

By Dave Kinchen

Sugary Snacks Campaign Launch


The City of Philadelphia announced a new hard-hitting mass media campaign focusing on the dangers of sugary snacks for kids, with tips on how to make the easy snack choice the healthy one.


Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley announced a new public education campaign Wednesday aimed at alerting residents to the dangers of children eating sugary snacks and encouraging them to seek healthier alternatives.

By Rita Giordano

Philly Voice

At a press conference Wednesday morning, officials revealed the “I Call the Snacks” campaign, taking aim at sugary foods that contribute to childhood obesity and the development of diabetes.

By Michael Tanenbaum


The new media campaign from the Philadelphia Health Department is taking aim at sugary snacks and how dangerous they can be for children.

“Sugary snacks can lead to obesity, which can cause diabetes and serious complications like kidney damage, blindness and even amputations,” one commercial says.

By Stephanie Stahl