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…

Access to healthy food still a struggle, says Canada’s health minister

The Province

Petitpas Taylor said despite numerous health campaigns, Canadians are still eating too much processed food laden with salt, fat and sugar. Under the strategy, the government is hoping to put new warning symbols on the front of processed foods high in fat, salt and sugar…. And, she said her government will support a bill before the House of Commons on unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children 16 years and younger. Read more…

Nancy Greene Raine: Time to crack down on junk-food ads that target kids

The Province
Senator Nancy Greene Raine argues “[p]arents should be the last line of defence — not the only line of defence”. Read more here… 

Toronto school’s battle against childhood obesity begins in the kitchen.

The Globe and Mail
At Etobicoke’s Thistletown Collegiate, students learn about healthy eating by growing and cooking their own food. This is part of the school’s approach to tackling childhood obesity. Read more here…

Scotland to tackle obesity through marketing restrictions

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon states government will “take forward a new strategy to tackle obesity, including measures to restrict the marketing of foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt”. Read more…

 

What Does Research say About Advertising Foods to Kids?

AM 770 | The Morning News with Gord Gillies

Dr. Jennifer Harris speaks with AM 770 re: why we need regulation around commercial food and beverage marketing to kids and what the research says about the effects of M2K. Listen here…

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…