Food fight: Health Canada, advertisers argue over protecting kids from junk food ads

CBC News 

Heart and Stroke’s Lesley James talks to CBC News about the marketing to kids landscape and the needs to robust regulation; applauding Health Canada for its position steps forward. 

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Pressure mounts to ban junk food marketing to children

Radio Canada International
Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer at Diabetes Canada, a member of the Stop M2K Coalition, interviewed on M2K and the Canadian Government`s online public consultation on marketing to kids.
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The dangers of advertising to kids

CBC News
Lesley James, senior manager of the Heart & Stroke foundation, says rules around advertising to children need closer scrutiny. Watch here…

Health Canada and marketing to kids: what you need to know

Strategy Online
The issues at play in the public consultation on appropriate age restrictions, targeting and the definition of “unhealthy food”. This article highlights the Stop M2K Coalition’s efforts and an overview of the legislative process on marketing to kids. Read here… 

 

 

 

 

 

Junk Food Ads

CBC News

Lesley James speaks with CBC News about Health Canada’s M2K consultation as well as the need for comprehensive regulation in place on junk food marketing to children. Listen here… 

MONIQUE POTVIN KENT: In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chance

The Guardian

Dear Parents, I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing your children and teens are viewing…. This isn’t your fault. It’s our reality. We’ve let food and beverage companies have a huge influence on our children. Read here…

We Need To Use Every Tool To Fix Our Unhealthy Diets

The Huffington Post | Yves Savoie, CEO of Heart & Stroke

We need to use every tool to fix our unhealthy diets It is encouraging to see federal government moving in several important areas to help Canadians make better food and beverage choices We can’t cure heart disease or diabetes. But we can help prevent or delay them and other chronic illnesses in one vital way — with a healthier diet. Read more… 

 

 

New study shows Canadian kids see more than 25 million online food and beverage ads a year – mostly for unhealthy food.

Policy Options

Twenty-five years ago, a parent might be expected to see and control most if not all advertising their child was exposed to on network TV and at the grocery store. Today, for even the most conscientious parents, it’s impossible to monitor – or even to recognize – the immense amount of food and beverage marketing directed at our kids. Read more… 

Trevor Hancock: Protect our kids from unhealthy advertising

Times Colonist

Which brings me to the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to our kids, especially sugar-rich products they do not need and that are contributing to the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Here is another situation where government is not doing enough to protect us from harm. Read article here… 

B.C. advocates laud consultation on banning junk food ads to kids

Metro Vancouver
Could Happy Meals and Pirate Paks become a thing of the past in Canada? B.C. advocates hope so.  Read article here…