To direct the Federal Trade Commission to submit to Congress a report on the use, in advertising and other media for the promotion of commercial products, of images that have been altered to materially change the physical characteristics of the faces and bodies of the individuals depicted.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Truth in Advertising Act of 2014''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) Advertisers regularly alter images used in print and electronic media to materially change the physical characteristics of models' faces and bodies, often altering the models' size, proportions, shape, and skin color, removing signs of ageing, and making other similar changes to models' appearance. (2) An increasing amount of academic evidence links exposure to such altered images with emotional, mental, and physical health issues, including eating disorders, especially among children and teenagers. There is particular concern about the marketing of such images to children and teenagers through distribution in teen-oriented publications, advertising displayed in public places outside the home, and online media. (3) Such altered images can create distorted and unrealistic expectations and understandings of appropriate and healthy weight and body image. (4) The dissemination of unrealistic body standards has been linked to eating disorders among men and women of varying age groups, but it has a particularly destructive health effect on children and teenagers. (5) Academic evidence has...