Summary

3/27/2014--Introduced. Truth in Advertising Act of 2014 - Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to submit a report to Congress that contains: (1) a strategy to reduce the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Mar 27, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

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...

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 4341 The Truth in Advertising Act because...I believe it has negative effects on people and causes false expectations on body image.

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IL
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Anonymous390810
IL-15
4 months ago

I support The Truth in Advertising Act because I struggle constantly with body image issues even though I am the average size for an American woman of my height. Media portrayals make it seem like bodies that aren't even real are the norm. I spent so much of my life thinking I was ugly and unlovable because of my normal, healthy size. And this doesn't only affect women - in fact, most of my friends whose body image issues have become so extreme that they are physically harmful are men.

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CA
26
empathephant
CA-26
5 months ago

I support The Truth in Advertising Act because... I am actually personally affected by seeing photoshopped models in ads who are already intimidating enough with their beauty and confidence. As much as I try not to, I look at my skinny body and think it won't be what people want it to be because it isn't perfect like the girls in ads. I wish I could pull off my cover up and love my body for what it is but I constantly remind myself that it may not be what other people expected. I don't even know when I began caring about what other people thought of MY body. I can't imagine being under 13 years old and forgetting to enjoy my childhood because I am to preoccupied trying to please others physically.

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VA
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mcookie
VA-3
7 months ago

I support The Truth in Advertising Act because I have experienced the outcome of the misrepresentations in the media. When I was 12, I was a straight A student who loved to act, draw, and conduct experiments. I grew up very poor, and I grew up with a decent family, but I had no control and this propagated image of women infiltrated my mind and became all I could think about. I went from 120 pounds to 82.4 pounds in three months; but I still felt inadequate and "fat" when I looked in the mirror. One day, I passed out walking up the stairs to talk to my mom, and when I came to, I asked for treatment. After the intake forms were completed they requested I stay as an in-patient and put in a wheelchair for the next three weeks until I gained weight. There were a number of girls there who felt betrayed by their own bodies. I got myself back to healthy weight, and when I returned home, my sister confided in me that she had been bulimic. Three of the six children in my family had eating disorders and only I have been able to stay in remission. Even now, seven years in recovery I fight every day of my life. I am working towards a degree in Neuroscience and plan on pursuing a Ph.D. but my image still nags at me. I don't read magazines or watch TV anymore but I am still bombarded by ads and false images of women. We should care less about our appearances and more about our brains and what we should be doing with them! This issue affects women and men alike, this misinformed view of women results in violence and the perception that women are only a piece of meat. I want better for my children, and though I will continue to fight my disease every day, I wish I never had to. It's caused health complications that are pricey for me now (and with college costs its outrageous). End this cycle and misrepresentation and support the Truth in Advertising Act, not just for the women or girls you know, but for everyone and the future of our society.

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NE
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NyxArseni
NE-2
7 months ago

I support The Truth in Advertising Act because... I am running for a pageant and my platform is Self Confidence/Truth in Advertising and I'm here supporting because I was affected by the way the models in magazines looked like. I wished and prayed I would look like that. Now that the act is trying to be pursued. I know that the images in magazines LOOK NOTHING like the person in real life. I feel way better than I have ever before. Besides it is so disappointing to see men and women starving themselves, taking pills just to look like the people in the magazines. No one should ever feel bad about themselves when they aren't even real images of the person. I feel this act needs to be passed NOW. No waiting around. The constitution states "For the people" when sales tactic is causing people world-wide to feel bad about themselves, considering self harm and even begin to hate their own bodies, How is that "For the People?" I think something that is bringing more harm than good to the people it is directed towards is an issue that our government needs to take a closer look at. Thank you Jocelyn Giefer Frazee, Minnesota

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MN
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JocelynDanielle
MN-7
7 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because the government should not be regulating advertising. There are already false advertising laws- do we really need more regulations?

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PA
13
JVHooligan
PA-13
9 months ago

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because there is no reason for the federal government to be restricting Photoshopping of advertisements.

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OR
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aogail
OR-1
9 months ago

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because... I would rather see a truth in politics, and not a bunch of half truths that serve your purpose.

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MN
3
talon01
MN-3
9 months ago

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because...this is where the old expression of buyer be ware comes in to play. This H.R. 4341 is just another regulation to make some fell safe . Enough of the big brother type of political servitude. Let the private sector handle more with out the intervention of our federal government servants getting involved.

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OH
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Anonymous1221876
OH-8
9 months ago

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because...Cut Taxes, Cut Spending, Cut Regulations, pass a Federal Budget (not another Continuing Resolution), Repeal the PPACA, - not invading, once again, the private sector.

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OH
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wardmama4
OH-1
9 months ago

I oppose The Truth in Advertising Act because the problem of truth in statements by politicians is a much, much bigger problem that should be addressed before more meddling in the operation of the economy.

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NC
9
Robert123
NC-9
9 months ago

Bill Summary


3/27/2014--Introduced.
Truth in Advertising Act of 2014 - Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to submit a report to Congress that contains: (1) a strategy to reduce 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; and (2) recommendations for a risk-based regulatory framework with respect to such use. Requires the FTC to solicit input from external stakeholders and experts including, to the extent practicable, from: (1) stakeholders that are geographically and culturally diverse; and (2) experts from physical and mental health, business, and consumer advocacy communities.

H.R. 4340 Safety Through Informed Consumers Act of 2014 H.R. 4342Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2014