The Epoch Times
“A food policy issue both experts agree on is the new legislation banning the advertising of unhealthy foods to children. The Child Health Protection Act is now in its second reading in the House of Commons and is set to be passed this year”. Read article…
The federal government wants to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy foods with front-of-package warnings on items that contain high levels of sodium, sugar or saturated fat — ingredients linked to chronic health problems like obesity, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Petitpas Taylor was accompanied at the news conference by representatives of health advocacy groups such as Diabetes Canada, Dieticians of Canada and the Canadian Public Health Association, as well as the Retail Council of Canada. They lauded the proposed warning labels. Read the full article here.
Should Canada take up arms against obesity like Chile? THOMPSON: Canadians should take note of the Chilean war on obesity. OPINION: Tony the Tiger – you know, that blue-nosed cat that hawked Frosted Flakes for Kellogg’s for 66 years – was killed in Santiago. Read full OpEd…
Have you ever been watching a commercial and suddenly felt the urge to stuff your face with pop tarts or potato chips? Of course you have. Ads work on all of us, including kids — that’s why companies spend so much money on them, said Dr. Tom Warshawski, UBC pediatrics professor and chair of the board of the Child Obesity Foundation.
A new UK study shows young people tend to consume more junk food when it’s advertised to them on TV. In Canada, Bill-S228 would restrict unhealthy food #Marketing2Kids with no impact on Kids’ community-level sports sponsorships. Read full article…
This op-ed by Jean-Claude Moubarac (@jc_moubarac) discusses ultra-processed food consumption and includes mention of Canada’s Health Eating Strategy including Marketing to Kids legislation as solutions. Read full OpEd…
Can Tech Letter
Science certainly had its share of newsworthy items in 2017, from the solar eclipse to the first gene editing of a human embryo, to the discovery of Earth-like planets around a nearby star to the expanding powers of artificial intelligence and the success of the first artificial womb.
Another topic in the public eye would be obesity, overweight and nutrition, with Health Canada currently in the midst of a major overhaul of its nutrition guidelines and food product regulations. On that issue, Canadian researchers had a lot to say, as well. To point to just a couple of studies, UNB scientists found that banning junk food at public schools actually leads to fewer overweight and obese children, while the Heart & Stroke Foundation determined that our kids are exposed to a shocking 25 million junk food ads a year. Read full article here.
Today’s Parent | Blog: Ceri Marsh
The cheesy chip company is developing a “women-friendly chip” that’s quieter and tidier. Let’s not mistake it for anything other than fast food trying to profit on the societally-imposed insecurities of girls and women. Read full blog in Today’s Parent…
Well, world peace, of course. And to be rid of The Donald. But while with any luck the latter is possible, and the former is devoutly to be wished for, I would settle for some healthy actions closer to home. Here are a few of the major population and public health issues where I hope we might see some progress in 2018.
… On the topic of making the next generation less healthy, a 2014 Statistics Canada report noted: “Obesity has become one of the world’s greatest health concerns and threatens to undo gains made in life expectancy during the 20th century”…. [T]here is a proposal for new regulations for front-of-pack warning labels for packaged foods high in salt, saturated fat and sugar that would be much easier for consumers to understand. Third, there is a strong push for Canada to prohibit the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. You can help by supporting the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition and writing to your MP. Go to stopmarketingtokids.ca for more information.
“The food industry puts billions of dollars into marketing because they know it works,” says Manuel Arango, director of health policy and advocacy for Heart & Stroke. Marketing executives strategize with researchers and psychologists to collect in-depth knowledge on how to entice your kids to buy or eat more of a product.
We’ll know more about Health Canada’s regulations next year and they’re expected to come into force in 2020, but if you want to make your kids less vulnerable to junk food marketing now, try teaching them to think critically about the ads they see. Read more…