Entries by Miranda McLellan-Granger

Food industry failing at voluntary sodium reduction: Health Canada

Trail Times Voluntary sodium targets for the food industry have failed to significantly reduce the amount of salt consumers are getting in processed foods, suggesting additional measures are needed, Health Canada says. Four years ago, the federal department introduced phased-in targets for cutting sodium in 94 categories of processed food, with the goal of meeting […]

International News: Australian Medical Association wants tax on sugary drinks and ban on junk food ads

The Guardian The Australian Medical Association has called for a tax on sugary drinks to tackle obesity and for water to be the “default beverage option” with meals. In a position paper, released on Sunday, the AMA backed a number of measures to decrease obesity including banning junk food ads targeted at children. “Advertising and marketing […]

Act banning food advertising to children ‘extremely important,’ says prof

CBC News Professor Jennifer Tayor at UPEI says a Senate bill looking to ban food and beverage marketing directed at children may be an essential piece of legislation in reducing childhood obesity and disease. Read here… Suggested Tweets: ‘We know that children have changed the way they eat, just getting them to move is not enough.” UPEI nutrition […]

Our Opportunity to Revolutionize Nutrition Labelling in Canada

Product packaging is a powerful form of marketing. Some food companies advertise their products as healthy, when in fact, they are not. Many Canadians find nutrition labels difficult to understand, and they want fast information to help make healthy food choices when they are shopping. Food companies market their products as ‘healthy’ by highlighting one […]

Teenagers who watch popular TV shows like The X Factor eat 270 more calories a week because of junk food adverts

Daily Mail Junk food adverts shown during family television shows like the X Factor could be tempting children to eat extra calories. Research suggests teenagers consume an additional 270 calories a week for every advert for unhealthy food or drink they remembered seeing on television, above a weekly average of six junk food adverts. Read more…

Should Canada ban junk food ads aimed at kids?

Cantech Letter “Where total bans of the commercial marketing of foods and beverages to children are not introduced, a relatively stringent and mandatory nutrient profile model that uses clearly defined categories and exemptions, and that is consistent with other nutrition-related policies in the jurisdiction (e.g., front-of-package labeling system), should be considered,” [the study authors] write. […]