Junk-food ban in Canadian schools is working, study finds

The Canada Press // Toronto Star – Michael McDonald
New research has found that students exposed to a school junk-food ban have a lower BMI on average than those who are not. Read more… 

Most food and drink endorsed by music stars is ‘unhealthy’

Digital Journal – Tim Sandle

Virtually all food and beverage products marketed by music stars are unhealthy, according to the first major study of the nutritional quality of endorsements made by music celebrities popular among teens. Read more…




Researchers find strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

Medical News Today

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the greatest exposure to food advertising in the US for children aged 2-11 years comes from fast-food restaurant chains. In 2009, the fast-food industry spent more than $580 million on child-targeted marketing, with television being the predominant medium…. Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Read more here…

Cut sugar in cakes, chocolate by 20%, industry told

BBC News

Sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals have been published by public health officials in a bid to make UK children more healthy. Read more… 

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers

BBC News

The government must do more to reduce the number of cut-price and multi-buy offers on unhealthy food to help curb childhood obesity, a group of MPs say… The main features of the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity plan, published in October 2016, were a sugar levy and a voluntary target to cut sugar in children’s food and drink by 20% by 2020. Read More…

Not so Happy Meals: McDonald’s faces class action lawsuit in Quebec

A father in Quebec argues children are being marketed to by the fast food mogul, McDonald’s, and he wants it to stop. Marketing to kids under 13 years of age is illegal according to Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act. The father believes McDonald’s is advertising to kids by showcasing toy cases in their restaurants right at children’s eye level.

“Whatever it is, good food or not, marketing to kids is not allowed in Quebec,” says Corinne Voyer, Director of the Weight Coalition in Quebec.

Voyer notes marketing foods and beverages to children is a problem recognized by the World Health Organization in the obesity epidemic.

McDonald’s is now facing a class action lawsuit in Quebec. Global News Reporter Gloria Henriquez tells the full story.

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Today’s letters: Protect kids with ad ban and bravo to faith-based care

Ottawa Citizen – Editorial Board

Healthy nutrition and creating the circumstances for healthy choices about the foods and beverages we consume is a big food issue. Kudos to Health Minister Jane Philpott for her vision of a bold, needed strategy to address an individual’s nutrition knowledge and skills, as well as improving the food environment. Read more here… 

Editorial: Tackling childhood obesity is difficult but essential

Montreal Gazette

A landmark study of toddlers confirms the obesity epidemic starts early, but at a far younger age than researchers had ever realized. Alarming new data show that one in four 18-month-olds is overweight and at risk of becoming obese. Read more here…

Study finds music celebrities who are popular among adolescents endorse unhealthy products

American Academy of Pediatrics

Study finds that 81 per cent of 26 endorsed foods endorsed by music celebrities like Justin Timberlake and One Direction, were for unhealthy products. Read more…

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health says “stop unhealthy marketing to children”

Toronto Public Health Doctor’s Notes

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health believes that the time has come to protect children and to support parents to make healthy decisions for their families. Read more…