The Toronto Star
“This legislation is a huge step forward for child health in Canada, one that all parents should welcome and support.”
—Mary L’Abbé, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, University of Toronto.
Include the hashtag #Marketing2Kids in your tweets and tag Mary L’Abbé’s Research Lab: @LAbbeLab_UofT
Great article by CBC, following the Promoting Healthy Weights in Children Conference in Moncton this week. The article includes quotes by Yoni Freedhoff and Sarah Kirk, and support for legislation to restrict unhealthy food and beverage marketing to kids.
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.