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During the presentation of a new book on “The rights of Mexican children in the face of the obesogenic environment” in the Chamber of Deputies, the Autonomous University of Mexico, the consumer association and the Centre for Research in N...

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...

A new academic study by Harvard researchers published in the Journal of Pediatrics finds that adolescents who spend more than five hours a day on screen devices (tablets, smartphone and computers) are 43% more likely to suffer from obesity compared w...

On 22 September, the Department of Health (DOH) released its Obesity Policy and Action Plan for 2016 – 2025 in which it presents a set of cross-sectoral measures to address rising levels of obesity in children and adults. Between 2016 and 2018...

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...

As part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the impact of HFSS food advertising on rising children obesity, the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina (IHF-Argentina) released a study on the food and beverage advertising situation in Argent...

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 27 July, the Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria), a coalition of organisations aiming to tackle obesity in Mexico, claimed Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé breached their international commitment on advertising to child...

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) jointly with government officials, teachers and private companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Postobon launched the “Latin American Commitment to a Healthy Future”, a new multi-stakehol...

Coca-Cola, Ambev and PepsiCo announced they will stop selling soft drinks in kindergarten and primary schools, or where a majority of students are below 12 years old. The new measures will begin applying in August. The three manufacturers recognise ...

On 10 May, the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (“Lancet Youth”), established as a network of academics, policy makers, practitioners, and young health advocates released its report. The paper includes a review of rese...

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...

On 25 April, the Board of Health of the City of Toronto voted to request the federal government to ban commercial advertising to children aged 16 and under. The vote follows recommendations from the city’s Medical Officer of Health who, in a r...

A group of global and national public health NGOs led by the US-based Center for Science in the Public Interest sent an open letter to the CEOs of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo and their investors urging them to “begin exercising their corporate respon...

The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched a public consultation on the revision of its general rules on advertising to children – defined as individuals under the age of 14 - and of the specific rules on food advertisin...

On 25 January, the WHO-appointed Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) released its long awaited report which calls on governments, among a package of 36 recommendations, to reduce the exposure of children and adolescents to, and the power of...

Researcher Frans Folkvord from Radboud University calls for strong regulation of food and beverage marketing to children following several years of research into the links between food advertising and children food intake behaviour. Over one thousan...

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 19 October, New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced the launch of a comprehensive strategy to reduce childhood obesity, including a review of the advertising codes. The Childhood Obesity plan states that children’s food choic...

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...

SERMO, the leading global social network for physicians, released results of a poll which found that 69% of doctors believe that parents are either completely or mostly to blame for the childhood obesity. Only 30 % of respondents said parents are som...

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...

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thinks that the UK should be a 'nanny state' when it comes to keeping children healthy and is advocating restrictions on ‘junk’ food marketing to children as well as a 20% additional tax on sugary ...

In a new report entitled: “A Recipe for Inequality”, British left-wing think-tank ‘The Fabian Society’ highlights that “unhealthy” food advertising affects the incidence rate of obesity among children in low-income...

A survey of 2118 adults in the UK carried out by polling consultancy ComRes found that 64% of people want a ban on TV adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm. The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child He...

On 19 February, the WHO Regional office for Europe launched its nutrient profiling model aimed at policy-makers across the WHO Europe Region willing to regulate food advertising to children. The model determines whether a food product may or may not...

On 19 February, the Lancet journal published a series of six papers on the topic of obesity. In an academic study entitled: “Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture”, researchers including Tim Lobstein from the World Obesit...

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 ...

The  Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) has released a Study  on the costs of obesity for Mexico where it concludes that obesity generates high economic losses and reduces the country's competitiveness. This is due to the fact tha...

Canada’s main opposition party NPD (New Democratic Party) has committed to introducing a national ban on food and beverage advertising aimed at children under 13 - similar to that in Québec – if it wins the next general elections i...

In an academic article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on 27 August, researchers found that among federal policy options available, a policy banning fast food advertising to children under 12 would have the least impact on re...

On 26 July, at a workshop on “Controlling marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages and unhealthy foods to children”, Dr Isimeli Tukana, national adviser for non-communicable diseases to the Ministry of Health, called for food advertising re...

In a new report entitled: “Sugar reduction: Responding to the challenge”, Public Health England (PHE), an agency established by the Department of Health in 2013 to improve the nation’s health, announced it will scrutinise the way fo...

The National Education Policy Center, based in the University of Colorado, recently released its Sixteenth Annual Report on Schoolhouse Commercialism: 2012-2013 denouncing the impact of commercial influence over children in schools, and criticizing p...

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents nearly 400 councils in England and Wales, is calling for “pop-up health warnings” to accompany the “advergames”, which it says are addictive and entice young children or...

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...

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...

Children who spend more time watching television are at higher risk of obesity and high blood pressure. This is the conclusion of a study coordinated by Cristina Padez (University of Coimbra) released on Monday 8 July as reported by online news websi...

On 5 June, WHO issued a Global nutrition policy review in which it notes that many low- and middle-income countries are neglecting overweight and obesity as major health threats, with only one third of surveyed countries regulating the marketing of f...

The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new international index released on 12 March, ranked the 25 largest food and beverage manufacturers based on their nutrition practices, including their efforts to address the problems of undernut...

In a comprehensive report released on 4 March entitled “No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy”, a panel set up by the Ontario government recommends to ban the marketing of ‘high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, beverages and snacks...

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,...

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...

On 17 December, the Alliance of Consumer Organisations  presented the results of their common actions through 2012 and their priorities for the coming year. In 2013, the Alliance will pursue efforts to curb childhood obesity and intends to push ...

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...

In an open letter sent on 29 November to the Walt Disney Company’s Chairman, consumer advocacy group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urges the company to stop allowing the use of its licensed characters on holiday treats &l...

A report presented on 29 October during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco by the Yale Rudd Center for food policy and obesity found broad support among parents for limiting unhealthy food marketing to...

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 23 October, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) called for restrictions on food marketing to children and for the introduction of warning labels on certain food products, as part of a wide strategy to reduce obesity levels. In a press release, ...

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...

On 12 of October, the Mexican NGO Nutritional Health Alliance released a Manifesto on Food Safety urging the government to ban advertising to children. The Manifesto calls for a ban on “advertising and (the) promotion of foods a...

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 study conducted at the University of Missouri-Kansas City found that children – and especially obese children - are more likely to choose foods with familiar logos. Scanners looked at the brain’s activity of 32 children aged 10 to 14 (...

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...

Children are more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare, a study has found. Canadian researchers set out to see which meal option children aged six...

Published this week in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, the study is believed to be the first to document the relationship between how much TV screen time a child logs and later waist size. Authors also found ...

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 15 April, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the body that represents every doctor in the UK, launched a three-month evidence-gathering inquiry to look for research and strategies which could prevent or reduce obesity. The campaign will seek ...

The first results of a multi-country research project called “ToyBox” released on 6 April call for a new approach to prevent obesity which is hitting record levels among European pre-schoolers, with more than one in four children overweig...

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 13 December, a study published online by the International Journal of Obesity entitled: “Association between TV viewing, computer use and overweight, determinants and competing activities of screen time in 4- to 13-year-old children” l...

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, ...

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, television coverage of childhood obesity is less likely than print media to focus on the role of the food and beverage industry. TV networks, on the other hand, more often mention solution...

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 27 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report on Non communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control, which was held this week in Moscow. The report &nb...

On 5 April 2011, New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban toys in fast food meals unless the menu meets certain nutritional requirements. The nutritional standards would require that meals have le...

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity on 23 March 2011 finds that the prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children in Victoria, the second biggest Australian State, has decreased significantly between 1999 and 2007. ...

On 25 January 2011, US Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat, Iowa) reintroduced the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention (HeLP) America Act, which proposes a comprehensive package of measures aiming to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases.&...