Charlene Elliott, a researcher at the University of Calgary found most foods in Canada targeted to children haven’t nutritionally improved despite World Health Organization guidelines restricting marketing based on sugar, fat and salt content. She concluded stricter marketing guidelines are needed for children’s food products. Read Food Dive brief here.
Junk food companies have been accused of targeting children on their way to school as pressure mounts on the Victorian government to ban ads on state-owned property. More than a quarter of the ads children pass on the train as they head to school are for unhealthy foods including chips, doughnuts and ice cream, according to new research by the Obesity Policy Coalition. Read here.
You can find the survey results here.
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The Washington Post
Latin American countries have introduced a number of measures to tackle increased consumption of sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States.
“One country and one strategy at a time, the region has pushed back against sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States. Infectious diseases are still the leading causes of death in developing countries, but as economies grow, Western lifestyle factors such as smoking, high-fat diet, obesity and lack of exercise are emerging public health problems.”
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