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Looking at the compliance with the self-regulation Code of food advertising targeting minors (PAOS), a study conducted by the National School for Public Health found that 88% of the commercials are breaching the rules of the Code.  The study an...

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has launched a new “Stop Targeting Kids” campaign on its website in a bid to enlist public support to force regulation on advertising directed at children of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS...

Health advocates have applauded the public consultation launched by the Government to assess stakeholders’ views on policy options to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food and beverage marketing. Health Canada sugges...

Academics from the University of Auckland have called for statutory restrictions on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising to children. They believe the new industry’s “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” fails to ...

A study released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut found that 85% of parents believe that companies should reduce advertising of unhealthy food to children. Two-thirds also agree that restrictions should ...

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) released its first State of the Child Health report in which it calls on the UK government to introduce a ban on the advertising of foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in all br...

The Chilean Ministry of Health just announced the results of a first survey conducted by the University of Chile on citizen’s perception of the new nutrition labelling and advertising law introduced six months ago. The survey’s main findi...

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour minister for social services and public health, sent a letter to UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to support a ban on ‘unhealthy’ food marketing to children across all media. The letter follows the C...

The Food Foundation published the first Food Environment Policy Index (Food EPI) which identifies stricter rules for unhealthy food and drink advertising to children as the top priority action for the government. Advertising of unhealthy food and dri...

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) released a new “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” which updates and combines the current provisions on food marketing to children. The new Code maintains the definition of childr...

A new study by the University of Granada and the University Hospital of Saint Raphael in Granada found that Spanish children are, overall, less exposed to advertising for food high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on children channels in 2013 compared t...

New research published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found that 65% of food products advertised on Nickleodeon were candy, sugary breakfast cereals and other foods of ‘poor nutritional quality’, compared to 88% i...

A study published in Childhood Obesity and conducted by the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found that marketers of products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) are deceiving children and parents by selling healthie...

A new academic study to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that food advertising may increase the way children value taste over health benefits when choosing food. The research also suggests that commercials could lead to more impul...

Ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Püras, urged governments worldwide to regulate advertisi...

On 29 July, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) released a report in which it claims that the food industry is "derailing effective sugar regulation in the EU", including through fighting off restrictions on the promotion of high-sugar food to ch...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal Obesity Reviews, researchers from McMaster University (Ontario) found that children’s extensive exposure to the marketing of food and beverage high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) increased...

A new study from Cancer Research UK finds that TV adverts for sweets, crisps and fast food have a real influence on children’s perceptions, eating habits and food choices. The study concludes that exposure to such adverts must be addressed in o...

On 27 June, the Chilean Government implemented stringent restrictions on food and beverage advertising targeting children under the age of 14, new nutrition labelling measures and a ban on the sales and advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food in ...

In a new report entitled 'Who's Feeding The Kids Online?', the Irish Heart Foundation denounces the sophisticated digital marketing tactics used by major food and beverage companies on Facebook to target children and teenagers. An online survey...

Consumers International (CI) has launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #JunkFoodGames to draw attention to food and beverage companies' sponsorship of the UEFA 2016 Euro football tournament and of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Th...

In an academic study published today in the Journal Paediatrics, researchers from New York University Langone medical centre found that over 80% of the food products endorsed by celebrities scored as ‘nutrient poor’ based on the UK’...

The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 30 leading health charities, campaign groups and Royal Medical Colleges, has urged the government to introduce mandatory reformulation targets and a watershed ban on food marketing to children in its c...

A new scientific study published in the European Food and Feed Law Review found that although respondents hold positive attitude towards advertising targeting children, a majority also believes advertising to children should be more regulated fo...

In a study published in the journal Appetite earlier this year, the author from the National Institute for Consumer Research finds that children in Norway are exposed to little advertising for ‘unhealthy’ food products compared to other W...

The Belgian consumer and family organisations have launched a website denouncing the impact of ‘aggressive’ food marketing practices on children. The campaign, entitled: “No junk food 4 kids” says that 1 out of 10 Belgian chi...

An issue brief by Healthy Eating Research, a programme of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, denounces the use of brand and licensed characters to market “high-calorie and nutrient-poor food and beverage” products to children and calls o...

A joint study by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calls for a ban on TV advertising for foods high in fat, sugar and salt ('HFSS') between 6am and 9pm, as well as to restrict the placement and content of online marketing communications of s...

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has called for a watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on television before 9pm. Similar appeals were made by the Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt earlier this mo...

According to a recent academic study published online in the journal Health Promotion International, the majority of food adverts aimed at minors (under 18 years old) on Maltese national TV stations were for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) a...

Earlier this month, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released draft recommendations to restrict the sale and promotion of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (‘HFSS’ food) in and within 50 meters of primary and secon...

On 22 October, Public Health England (PHE), an autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health, released a series of recommendations to cut sugar consumption among the population. One of the most efficient measures identified by PHE is to red...

On 20 October, during an inquiry with the UK Parliament’s Health Committee, Dr Alison Tedstone, Director of Diet and Obesity of Public Health England (PHE), part of the Department of Health, said that a study scheduled to be published shortly w...

Appearing at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on 4 October, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Government could be "a little bit more draconian" when dealing with childhood obesity. Mr Hunt was asked how the Gover...

On 29 September, WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity released a draft final report in which it calls for statutory restrictions on the marketing of sugar-sweetened non-alcoholic beverages and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods (‘unhe...

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) is consulting stakeholders on the need to strengthen the rules governing non-broadcast advertising to children. The current rules require that food and soft drink product marketing communications must not ...

On 15 September, in her speech to the 65th annual session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said that: “protecting children from the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages is harder than protect...

Earlier this month, the Lower House of the Congress in Bolivia moved forward with a proposal on advertising and labelling restrictions. The proposal is part of a package put forward by President Morales in July 2015. The proposal is based on nu...

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag over the weekend, a representative of the German Green party called for regulation banning the advertising of “unhealthy” food to children. Renate Künast, who is the Chairperson ...

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver called for prime-time programmes to be subject to the same regulations as children’s channels, where adverts for food high in salt, sugar and fat (HSSF) are banned. According to the TV star “the regulat...

Healthy food items with an appealing packaging design could lure children into eating 'healthy' food products, according to an academic study published earlier this month in the Journal Frontier of Psychology. A research team led by Dr. Bernd Weber ...

An academic study published online in the Journal of Consumer Psychology reveals that children are responsive to the apparent bodyweight of cartoon characters and tend to consume almost twice as much low-nutrition, high-calorie food such as cookies a...

On 22 June, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan gave a speech at the third meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) in Hong Kong during which she highlighted the need for regulatory and statutory approaches to reduce the marketi...

On 3 June, the Irish Heart Foundation and Social Justice Ireland called on the government to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and to regulate other media channels such as the internet,...

Two years after the adoption of the Law on the Promotion of a Healthy Diet for Children and Adolescents, the Ministry of Health has now adopted the implementing Regulation establishing the nutritional criteria on the basis of which the provision...

On 21 April, centrist party Fianna Fáil launched its health policy manifesto ahead of the next general elections, in which it commits to banning the advertising of ‘HFSS’ food and beverage products before 9pm on TV. &ldq...

According to a poll carried out by market research agency Newspoll for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, over 80% of people living in Canberra are in favour of statutory restrictions on the marketing of “unhealthy” food p...

Birmingham City University lecturer Mel Wakeman is campaigning to remove “junk food” products from supermarket checkouts as such marketing practice promotes “pester power”.  “When it comes to the power of pestering...

According to news reports, Senator Richard Di Natale, on behalf of the Greens, will table an amendment to the Broadcast Services Act, aimed at banning advertising of “unhealthy” food, alcohol and gambling during children's viewing time an...

An investigation by The Independent has revealed that adverts played before online videos uploaded by certain “vloggers” (video bloggers) popular among children and young adolescents breach advertising codes. General advertisi...

On 26 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) released the results of a poll of 2000 parents in the UK which found that 69% feel the government should introduce stricter regulations to better control how “junk food” is advertised to chi...

In a report on the “Impact of physical activity and diet on health” released today, the eleven Members of Parliament of the Health Committee call on the next Government to take steps to stop the marketing of unhealthy food and sugary drin...

Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt and the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland have called for a watershed ban on “junk” food and alcohol advertising before 9pm. Mrs Watt wrote to UK government ministers arguing that ...

On 11 February, the Minister of Health of Barbados expressed concerns with “the subtle and not so subtle marketing” of unhealthy food products to children. While addressing the participants of the Pan American Health Organisation’s ...

Campaigners including the Children's Food Campaign (CFC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have criticised the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP)’s literature review on digital food marketing to children which concludes that current ...

On 20 January, four health groups in Australia called on Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to develop a comprehensive national obesity prevention strategy, including the following elements: Opposing the marketing of HFSS products to children on s...

On 15 January, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced that the chain Wendy’s removed sugary soda from its children's menus and advertising. Organisations including CSPI have been urging Wendy’s to adopt such a poli...

According to trade press reports, the Labour party is planning to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt if it wins the general election on 7 May 2015. The restrictions are expected to be one of the main pl...

In an academic study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, Australian researchers found that the Facebook brand pages of popular food brands magnify the reach and personal relevance of the marketing messages, especially among a...

On 3 September the Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, ASA) presented the report: "Food and beverage advertising to children: strategies of the industry", which calls for better regulation of HFSS food advertising to c...

On 5 September, the Green party of the State of Victoria announced its state election commitment to protect children from harmful advertising by phasing out gambling, alcohol and “junk food” ads in outdoor spaces, including public transpo...

In a policy paper released on 1 September, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Obesity calls on the government to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV, as well ...

On 15 July, the Mexican Health Ministry issued a press release announcing the entry into force of regulations restricting food advertising to children. The regulations restrict the advertising of food products which do not meet nutrition criteria, la...

Speaking at the Sugar Reduction Summit in London on 9 July, Labour Shadow Minister for Public Health Luciana Berger MP said that if elected at the next general elections on 7 May 2015, her party “will work to protect children from health risks&...

Food and beverage advertising is restricted in the UK for children under 16, but a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that the content of TV programming prominently feature representations of “unhealthy” food. T...

Consumer association Foodwatch launched this week a campaign to ban marketing of food and beverages in schools, day-care centres and nurseries. A petition calling for the government to present a regulatory proposal after the summer has received over ...

In a set of Council Conclusions on Nutrition and Physical Activity on 20 June, EU Health Ministers call for further action to “reduce the exposure of children to advertising, marketing and promotion of foods high in saturate...

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, presenting final report to the UN Human Rights Council this week. He blames “junk food” for the global obesity epidemic and urges the international community to dea...

On 29 May, the South African Department of Public Health published “Draft guidelines to the regulations relating the labelling and advertising of foods  for compliance purpose” which propose a full ban of advertising for “unhea...

Consumers International (CI) has launched a social media campaign aimed at condemning the sponsorship of the football World Cup by manufacturers of “unhealthy food”. The campaign invites individuals to use the hashtag #JunkFoodWorldCup&nb...

In an academic article published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, lead author Bridget Kelly found that children aged five to 14 are being exposed to “unhealthy” messages up to four hours a week through food and drink compa...

In a new report entitled: “Advergames: it’s not child play”, academics from the University of Bath are calling for tighter rules on online food marketing to children and a labelling system for advergames, following an investigation ...

An academic article published in the journal Appetite calls for restrictions on unhealthy food marketing to children across all media, following findings that preschool children recognise twice as many widely advertised unhealthy product as widely ad...

In a statement issued on 19 May at the opening of the World Health Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier de Schutter called for a global agreement to tackle the obesity epidemic, which should include a consensus on the need for...

On 29 April, the Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, ASA) launched the campaign "Our children come first", calling on the authorities and society in general to end advertising “junk food” and sugary drinks ...

On 21 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) launched a new campaign calling on the UK Government to “close down loopholes that allow adverts for unhealthy food and drinks on TV before 9pm.” The campaign is backed by new research from ...

A report recently released by the Yale Rudd Center (“Older but still vulnerable: All children need protection from unhealthy food marketing”) calls on signatories of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) to...

On 26 February, the EU Greek Presidency endorsed an EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity during a Conference on Health and Physical Activity taking place in Athens. The Action Plan, which aims to halt the rise in overweight and obesity in children and...

On 25 February, First Lady Michelle Obama, together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced new standards for food and beverages marketed in schools, which will effectively ban the advertising of sugary drinks and other food on...

The United Kingdom Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) announced this week that insufficient action is being taken to prevent or treat obesity, and that current regulations fail to protect children from being exposed to the marketing of foods ...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has today published a 10-point obesity action plan in which it calls on governments to strengthen consumers’ protection, primarily children, from “inducements to consume unheal...

In the context of the holiday season, Mexican consumer association El Poder del Consumidor has published on 17 December a guide for parents on toys and play time. Through this guide, the organization seeks to encourage a deeper reflexion on the over...

Last week, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said she planned to launch a consultation with the food industry and healthcare sector with the aim of reducing the marketing of “unhealthy” foods and beverages to children. The move is par...

In a study presented on 17 October at the Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute found that food companies use websites, apps and social media to target children, effectively circu...

On 18 September, during a speech at the White House, first Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged the efforts of the industry’s Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in limiting “unhealthy” food marke...

A campaign called Junk Free Checkouts was launched on 16 September to force supermarkets to stop selling sweets near the tills. The initiative, announced by the British Dietetic Association and the Children’s Food Campaign, comes as a nationwid...

An article published in the European Law Review (“Time to Seize the (Red) Bull by the Horns: The European Union’s Failure to Protect Children from Alcohol and Unhealthy Food Marketing”) criticizes heavily the EU legislative framewor...

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by the Yale Rudd Center crticises the food and beverage industry for spending 'the bulk of its money' to promote ‘unhealthy’ products to children and teens, and calls on...

An article published online on 2 July by the Journal Pediatric Obesity found that the 16 signatories of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) were less likely to advertise products that met the draft nutrition standards of t...

On 18 June, WHO Europe released a report entitled the “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013”, in which it urges policy-makers to tighten restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages hig...

On 10 June, US Democrats Senators Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Dick Durbin (Illinois) sent a letter to Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom requesting that the children’s entertai...

On 4 June, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) issued revised versions of its General and Children’s Commercial Communications Codes which now include rules on the promotion of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food to children (see AEf A...

Capri-Sonne won a poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April which asked consumers to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising (...

On 2 May 2013, the Peruvian Congress adopted a Law on the Promotion of a Healthy Diet for Children and Adolescents. The Law was adopted in second reading with 57 votes in favour, 40 against and 1 abstention. The legislation contains two key provisio...

On 9 May, the Canadian Medical Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Hypertension Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada and others* issued a policy statement calling on federal government to immediately begin a legislative process to res...

An academic paper published on 2 May by the Journal of Health Communication says the industry-led Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) is ineffective, as 84% of the foods promoted to children on Spanish-language channels ...

On 3 May, Foodwatch Germany issued a factsheet entitled “The EU Pledge - a fig leaf for advertising to children in the food industry” in which it criticises the EU Pledge for allowing the continued marketing of unhealthy food and beverage...

On 29 April, the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) launched a new campaign calling on ministers to introduce statutory regulation restricting food and beverage advertising to children online. The organisation claims that ‘loopholes’ al...

A poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April asks people to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising. In 2012, the NGO looked a...

On 11 April, health promotion organisation Obesity Australia launched a five-point Action Agenda for the Federal Government to immediately address the country's obesity epidemic. The Plan includes a proposal to ban television advertising of ‘fa...

The Senate of Uruguay has unanimously approved on 10 April 2013 a legislative proposal to ban ‘junk food’ advertising to children in schools. The proposal entitled “Law on healthy diets in educational units” aims to  prev...

On 19 March the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected the outstanding proposal adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food (PL 1096/2...

A study released on 12 March by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity recommends Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) signatories to increase the number of programmes covered by their self-regulatory pledges....

A study by the University of Liverpool published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that celebrity endorsement of a food product encourages children to eat more of the endorsed product. It also found that children were prompted to eat more of the pro...

An article entitled “Restricting marketing to children: Consensus on policy interventions to address obesity” and published in the Journal of Public Health Policy recommends a national regulatory system prohibiting commercial marketing of...

On 25 February 2013, NGO Foodwatch released a study entitled “Marketing to children: irresponsible and unregulated”, which calls on the Dutch Government to ban the marketing of “unhealthy products” to children. In its report,...

A study released on 19 February by the Journal of Health Communication found that cereal companies, the third biggest food marketer to children, use “sophisticated online marketing techniques” to target children with “unhealthy&rdqu...

On 18 February, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges released 10 recommendations for tackling obesity, including a ban on advertising of foods high in saturated fats, sugar and salt before 9pm on television and on internet ‘on-demand’ se...

On 7 February, the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG), a consultative body of the European Commission adopted an Opinion in which it calls for EU comprehensive policies covering all forms of marketing and advertising of “less healthy f...

On 29 January the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected one of the two proposals adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food. The Pr...

On 17 January, center-right member of the French Assembly Jean-Christophe Lagarde put forward a proposal which seeks to create a traffic light system for packaging of food and beverages and would extend their labeling to TV advertising. The draft bi...

In an investigation of food companies’ websites released in December 2012, Hamburg-based consumer association the “Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg” criticized the leniency of the EU Pledge initiative regarding which food products can be...

“Advergames: It's No Child's Play”, a review of research released on 10 December by the Family and Parenting Institute, a British charity organisation, slams advertisers for using legal loopholes to target under 16s. It calls on the gover...

A report released by British consumer campaigning charity Which? in December 2012 calls on the Government to develop restrictions to address current gaps in policies for food marketing to children up to 16 and to ensure all companies commit to them. ...

A study analysing the effect of the UK restrictions on TV advertising to children for foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) published in the Lancet medical journal in November finds no change in children’s exposure to HFSS advertising. In 20...

On 27 November, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) jointly launched a public consultation to strengthen standards for the advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children, as ...

The Robert Wood Johnson  Foundation (RWJF) and the American Heart Foundation (AHA) announced on 15 November a new joint initiative to reverse USA’s childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. This collaboration between two of the most prominent as...

On 15 November, Health Promotion International released an academic study entitled “A mixed-method examination of food marketing directed towards children in Australian supermarkets”, funded by the University of Newcastle. It revealed tha...

On Friday 16 November, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, proposed that the US Congress end all tax deductions associated with the marketing of unhealthy food to children, and said this proposal should be part of the final plan to avo...

On 12 November, public health agency the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) released ‘Exposing the Charade', a “detailed investigation into the failure of junk food marketing codes” calling for a fundamental shift in the way “unhe...

On 9 November, the WHO released a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) calling on national governments to report on policies to reduce the impact of food and drink marketing to children fo...

Mexican NGO Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria (Alliance for Food Safety) issued on 7 November a complaint to the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) in which it denounces the Mexican government for “violating by omission the right o...

An academic study published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia found strong support among Australian adults for a food advertising ban of “unhealthy food” to children and for restricting the use of toy giveaways with such p...

On 27 October, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government will introduce stricter guidelines to regulate the advertising of products which are high in fat, sugar and salt, in line with recommendations put forth by the Wo...

Experts form the National Public Health Institute (INSP) and from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) stated that the Self-Regulatory Code concerning Advertising Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children (the PABI code) adopted by the ...

A study published in the Plos One journal on 17 October found that children who recognise food logos are more likely to be obese than those who do not. However, no causal link could be made between children’s marketing exposure and higher ...

On 14 October, during a running competition entitled ‘Junk the junk food’ attended by over 400 school and college students, Sunita Narain, Director of NGO the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of the organisers of the eve...

Upcoming amendments to the 2009 law on Audiovisual Communication services will introduce strong restrictions on advertising to children under the age of 14, according to an article published in Uruguayan newspaper ‘El Pais’ on 10 Oct...

A study by academics from the Seoul National University and published in the Journal “Health Promotion International” found that restrictions on energy-dense and nutrient-poor (EDNP) food may be successful in reducing child...

On 12 October, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced new advertising restrictions for the advertising of food and beverages "high in fat, salt and sugar" ("HFSS") to children, following a public consultation on the review of its Child...

On 2 October, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was currently drafting an amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation which would restrict advertising for food potentially leading to chronic diseases or inappropriate for children&rsquo...

A group of Duma representatives from the Social Democratic party “Just Russia” (which holds 64 of the 450 seats in the State Duma) are in the process of drafting amendments to the federal law “On Advertising” to propose a ban ...

In report released on 27 September by IASO (the International Association for the Study of Obesity) entitled “A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe”, author Tim Lobstein criticizes the leeway le...

The ACT Greens have announced a $5 million plan to tackle childhood obesity ahead of next month's election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (ACT). If successful in next month’s elections for the country’s smallest...

Research published in the Journal Appetite insists that current policies addressing food marketing to children fail to take into account the interactive nature of digital marketing. The author, Georgina Cairns of the University of Stirling,...

On the occasion of Argentina’s Children’s Day, the Argentinian branch of the Inter-American Heart Foundation (FIC Argentina) spoke out on the need to change children’s dietary habits. Advertising for food and beverage is said to be ...

On 1 August, Chilean Senator Giudo Girardi, member of the Center-left Party for Democracy (PPD) announced during a press conference having filed a formal complaint with the Health Ministry against food companies failing to comply with a new law banni...

An open letter published by health professionals, headteachers and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in the Times edition of 25 July calls on athletes to stop promoting “junk food” to British children. The signatories argue that such sponsorshi...

On 26 June, Members of the Parliaments of Latin American countries, represented in the Parlatino - the regional Parliament for Latin America - agreed to elaborate a “framework law” to harmonise regulation on the advertising of foods high ...

In May 2012, the Journal Appetite published an article online which claims that food promotions have a direct effect on children’s nutrition knowledge, preferences, purchase behaviour, consumption patterns and diet-related health, and calls for...

On 22 June, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University issued the second edition of “Cereal FACTS”, a report that looks at marketing practices of breakfast cereal manufacturers. Three years after its first edition, ...

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sent a letter to Nestlé USA CEO Brad Alford denouncing the company’s partnership with “the Girl Scouts of USA”. The letter claims Nestlé is  breach of its pledg...

On 9 June, the Norwegian Ministry of Health published a consultation on a draft regulation to ban the marketing of “unhealthy” food and beverages to children under 18 with immediate effect. Energy-dense food and beverages are defined as:...

On 6 June, Quebec-based organisation “Weight Coalition” (“Coalition Poids”) issued a report urging the federal and provincial governments to introduce regulation against the “invasive” marketing of sugary drinks to...

Walt Disney Co. announced in a press release on 5 May that it will become the first major media company to restrict advertising of certain food and beverages on the company’s child-focused TV channels (Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior),...

An article published in the May edition of the Public Health and Nutrition Journal entitled “Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading” recommends policy-makers to investigate the power of n...

Several committees of the Peruvian Congress approved in a joint session a bill prohibiting advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” during “family protection viewing hours”. The bill will be presented to the Congress for ...

A study entitled “Eat at your own risk” carried by India’s Center for Science and Environment (CSE) calls on the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to take action against “unhealthy” food advertising ta...

On 30 March, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a second consultation as part of the review of its Children’s Commercial Communications Code (See AEF Alert 01/09/12). Following consideration of the 226 responses received to t...

On 17 March, Scottish Government Public Health Minister Michael Matheson called for a TV  advertising watershed for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS foods), and wrote to UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asking him if he would suppo...

On 15 February, Consumer association Which? denounced the British Government’s Responsibility deal and calls on companies to stop actively and aggressively promoting food high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS products) to children. On the first an...

On 14 February, left-wing Peruvian Congressman Jaime Delgado Zegarra (NGP), Chairman of the Committee on Consumer Protection, blamed “unhealthy” food advertising for growing levels of obesity among children and warned over the negative ef...

On 15 February, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Irish Broadcasting Authority (BAI) announced that the BAI has not proposed a ban on the advertising on any food or drink prior to 9pm, despite claims made by Fine Gael parliamentary party...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)’s 2011 compliance monitoring report reveals a 97.6% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. For this third ann...

On 12 March, UNICEF released the Children's Rights and Business Principles – a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the impact of business on the rights and well-being of children. In the list of 10 principles, number 6 cal...

A report released on 6 March by Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, recommends a ban on foods high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, sodium and sugar (HFSS foods) since self-regulatory initiatives do not effectively p...

A poll of 1,015 UK parents released on 7 March found that 65% of parents would be in favour of a ban on TV advertising for products that are high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) before 9pm, regardless of whether the programming is intended for children ...

On 18 December, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Children’s Food Campaign released a report entitled “The 21st century gingerbread house” calling on the UK Government to introduce consistent advertising regulations across ...

On 14 December, the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) published a report on the results of over five years of implementation of the self-regulatory programme. The report notes the signatories’ excellent complianc...

On 28 November, members of the “EU Pledge” published the results of their annual monitoring exercise and announced the adoption of stronger commitments regarding food and beverage advertising to children. McDonald's also publicly signed u...

European coalition of public health NGOs European Heart Network (EHN) published on 23 November a report calling for tougher regulation of the food industry to tackle Europe’s health crisis. The report, drafted by scientists and nutrition expert...

Six months before the national election, French consumer association “UFC Que Choisir” addressed all presidential candidates a “Consumer Pact” highlighting its priorities for consumer policy. The “Pact” contains 1...

“Unhealthy” food and beverage marketing aimed at children would be banned from the internet, email and SMS, under a proposal tabled by the Australia’s Green party. It would also be illegal to show junk food advertisements on commerc...

On 16 November, Indian Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas said the Government is considering creating an inter-ministerial committee to strengthen laws and regulations to prevent misleading advertising. The Minister expressed its doubts o...

A study entitled: “Association between food marketing exposure and adolescents’ food choices and eating behaviors” to be published in the February 2012 edition of the Journal Appetite found that adolescents watching commercial TV ov...

On 13 October, the Irish Heart Foundation, Children’s Right’s Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland, disclosed findings revealing that 55% of Irish parents support a ban on advertising “unhealthy” foods to childre...

In the October issue of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Emma Boyland and colleagues from Liverpool University found that despite the OFCOM rules banning “HFSS” food advertising during children’s programmes, children ...

The United Nations General Assembly held a High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs – lifestyle-related diseases) in New York on 19-20 September. The Summit, attended by Health Ministers and some Heads of State and Government, focu...

The Cancer Council of Australia recalls its support for a ban of promotional brand characters following research published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior. Researchers from the Cancer Council NSW and the Un...

On 12 September Consumers International (CI) published a Manual for monitoring food marketing to children, ahead of the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases, to be held in New York on 19-20 September. The manual, designed for health authorities, co...

Javier Garcia, National Party Member of the Parliament of Uruguay, recently put forward a proposal to regulate the type of food sold in schools and to prohibit “HFSS” food advertising in those establishments. The proposal would mandate t...

On 30 August, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a public consultation to discuss whether standards for food and drinks advertising to minors should be updated. The public consultation, as part of BAI’s review of the diet and...

An article posted online by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity analysed food advertising on television channels popular with children throughout 2008 and found that despite regulation by the Office of Communication (OFCOM), the British me...

In a report on “Bevahiour Change” published on 19 July, the UK House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee has criticized the government’s approach to food marketing to children and its reliance on voluntary agreem...

On 14 July, a group of the United States' largest food companies, members of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), announced they have agreed to follow common nutrition criteria for foods advertised to children. The CFBAI,...

On 6 July, the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity published a report revealing a “dramatic increase” in children and adolescents’ total exposure to TV food marketing in the US between 2008 and 2010, despite the signature i...

The UK National Heart Forum (NHF)* published a report analysing the regulatory and voluntary environment of food and drink marketing to children in order to identify current gaps and opportunities for action. The report found that current codes and ...

A study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that children aged six to 13 who were shown commercials for high fat and high carbohydrate foods were more likely to pick meals high in sugar and fat immediately thereafter. The team of researchers, ...

On 16 June, Consumers’ International (CI) released a set of recommendations which it would like to see adopted at the UN high-level summit on non-communicable diseases that will take place in New York on 18 and 19 September 2011. CI calls on w...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has published a set of 'Obesity Outcomes' which it would like to see adopted at the forthcoming first UN High-Level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19 and 20 September 2011. ...

Fiji Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma has reportedly announced that his government was at an advanced stage of reviewing laws with respect to marketing of “junk” food and sugary drinks for children aged 5-18. According to the forthcomin...

In the current edition of the “Public Health Nutrition” Journal, Corinna Hawkes from the Centre for Food Policy in the UK and Jennifer L. Harris from the Yale Rudd Center, review and analyse the various “food industry pledges”...

In a letter published in several mass-circulation US daily newspapers*, over 550 health professionals and representatives of health institutions called on the CEO of McDonald’s CEO, Jim Skimmer, to “retire” their spokesperson Ronald...

A study by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity to be published in the July issue of the Journal of Economics and Human Biology finds that soft drink and fast food television advertising is associated with increased consu...

On 10 May, Nick McKim, the Consumer Protection Minister of the Australian State of Tasmania, commissioned the State’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading to investigate options for the regulation of food advertising in Tasmania. The pl...

On 9 May, the Australian Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), along with other NGOs* called on Australian State and territory governments to adopt legislation restricting all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. ...

On 28 April, a US Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) published a draft of long-awaited nutritional standards entitled “Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts”. This development follows mounting f...

On 19 April, the Senate approved a report from the Joint Committee – adopted earlier by the House of Representatives – which aims, among other things, to ban advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children...

On 31 March, Rosario Marchese, a centre-left Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, introduced Bill 175, calling for a ban on advertising of “unhealthy food and drink” targeting childr...

On 22 March, an alliance of public health NGOs including the World Heart Federation, the International Diabetes Foundation and the Union for International Cancer Control unveiled a series of recommendations for Heads of State and Government, ahead of...

On 7 March, Canada’s Ministers of Health launched a national programme entitled “Our Health OurFuture: A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights” aimed at identifying actions to curb childhoodobesity and to promote healthy weights. Th...

During the opening of the 14th Congress on Public Health Research, José Angel Córdova Villalobos, Mexican Health Secretary, reportedly announced plans to prohibit the advertising of “products causing childhood obesity” durin...

On 14 January 2011, the international research journal ‘Appetite’, specialising in behavioural nutrition, published an article examining the link between children’s food preferences and their knowledge of food brands and experiences...




Childhood obesity is a very serious health concern that needs addressing urgently given the social and economic costs involved. But sensationalism and dogma can be obstacles to progress on the thorny issue of food marketing to kids, writes Stephan Lo...