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The Spanish Society for Epidemiology sent a report to the Ministry of Health and to the Committee for Public Health of the Spanish Congress asking to restrict advertising and marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to children and adolescents in...

Consumer NZ has called for strengthening of advertising standards and for existing codes to be evaluated. According to health advocates, food marketing (including sponsorship) makes unhealthy food more appealing to children and contributes to childre...

A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health revealed that 90% of the food companies involved in sponsorship of children's sports programs sold unhealthy food or drink. According to the research, sports progr...

On 11 July, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company misled consumers by failing to adequately disclose it paid online influential video games enthusiasts to advertise the video game Middle ...

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...

A recent study by Deakin’s Centre for Population Health Research (CPHR) examined the frequency and nature of gambling adverts and their impact on children. According to the findings, three quarters of children can recall at least one sports bet...

In an article published in the July edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal, Professors Boyd Swinburn and Stefanie Vandevijvere from the University of Auckland call on the government to restrict food marketing to children which is “powerful,...

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...

On 11 March, the Hearth Foundation released a report which reveals that almost 80% of food and beverage commercial communications targeted at children under the age of 14 in Canberra feature unhealthy products. For this report, entitled &ldquo...

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...

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...

In a editorial published on 13 January in JAMA Pediatrics, a group of researchers including Jennifer Harris from the Rudd Centerurge policy makers, school district leaders, and parents to take action against food marketing in schools as they find tha...

A group of French Senators members of the Green party “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) has put forward a proposal to protect children and teens – defined as minors under 12 – from the effects of TV advertising. They claim th...

On 13 March, German NGO Foodwatch launched an online petition addressed to Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner and the “Consumer Protection Foundation” against the industry involvement in the “Alliance for Consumer ...

In a study published on 11 February in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers claim that policies should restrict sports sponsorship to limit children’s exposure to “unhealthy food”. Such sponsorship undermines government’...

In a study published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, researchers from the University of West Australia analysed the influence of sports sponsorship on children and claim that children are “brainwashed” by fast-food companies&rs...

On 17 January 2013, Australia’s Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation launched a campaign entitled “Rethink Sugary Drink”, which urges the government to limit soft drink advertising targeting children....

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 ...

A study published in the Journal MBC Public Health by Australian academics found that the current co-regulatory system of food advertising targeting children in Australia is inadequate. In Australia, mandatory regulation called “Chil...

A coalition of doctors, dentists, children's charities and consumer groups has urged the organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to ban sponsorship and advertising from fast-food and sugary drinks companies. The Children's Food Campaign, b...

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...

A study recently released by the German Green Party in cooperation with the Potsdam Clinic for Children and Adolescent Medicine found that among 43 non-alcoholic products promoted across Germany using Euro 2012 images, 90% targeted children directly....

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...

A study published online by the Public Health Nutrition Journal entitled “Views of children and parents on limiting unhealthy food, drink and alcohol sponsorship of elite and children’s sports” found that 75% of parents were in favo...

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...

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 ...

In February 2012, US social marketing agency EnviroMedia launched Leanwashingindex.com, a website allowing consumers to post, comment and rate health claims in marketing. EnviroMedia is responsible for creating the Greenwashing index – assessin...

In a new report entitled “Buying Children – How the food industry tempts children into wrong eating habits, misleads parents and denies responsibility”, published on 13 March 2012, German NGO Foodwatch criticises the nutritional com...

A representative from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amended parts of the Interagency Working Group’s (IWG) proposal for nutrition standards for food marketed to children during a House hearing on 12 October. David Vladeck, Director o...

Children have a high recall of food and beverage company sport sponsors, according to research published recently in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The study aims to assess children's awareness of sport spon...

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...

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 ...

On 16 June, the Spanish Congress adopted a Law on Food Safety and Nutrition (see the Press release in Spanish). The Law aims to regulate food safety and certain aspects of food advertising, and seeks, in particular, to protect children and to curb ob...

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 11 April, the UK Department of Education published the results of a survey revealing that direct advertising through mobile phones was the marketing tool that the highest proportion of parents — 35% — believed was wrong. This was follo...